'Extremely slow start' prompts public appeal

Realtor Rycarda Smith and Sources’ Ruth Chitty prepare items for donation. - Contributed photo
Realtor Rycarda Smith and Sources’ Ruth Chitty prepare items for donation.
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Organizers of the 18th Realtors Care Blanket Drive are appealing to the public for donations.

The blanket drive, which runs until Dec. 3, collects much-needed items such as blankets, coats and mittens for charities including the South Fraser Women’s Services Society and Sources Community Resource Centre.

This year, the drive is off to an “extremely slow start,”, said Fraser Valley Real Estate Board communications co-ordinator Laurie Dawson, noting that the South Surrey and White Rock area usually supplies the most donations.

Items requested for donation this year include: hats, sleeping bags, blankets, coats, jeans, sweaters, sweat pants and hooded sweatshirts.

Donations can be dropped off at various Peninsula locations, including: Bay Realty, 246-1959 152 St.; Hugh & McKinnon Realty 14007 North Bluff Rd.; HomeLife Benchmark, 1-1920 152 St.; Royal LePage Northstar, 118-15272 Croydon Drive.; Re/Max Colonial Pacific Realty, 15414 24 Ave.; and Sutton Group - West Coast, 15595 24 Ave.

Since its inception, the blanket drive has collected enough blankets and warm clothing to help at least 185,000 people keep warm throughout the Lower Mainland.

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