The Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (GVHBA) is preparing for its 19th-annual Coats for Kids campaign in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, a group whose many initiatives help to provide a brighter Christmas for families in need.
"Last year the response to Coats for Kids was heartwarming as Lower Mainland residents donated more than 3,000 coats, scarves, gloves, blankets and new unwrapped toys and gifts for distribution to children, teenagers and adults," says GVHBA CEO Bob de Wit.
"Coats for Kids has become an institution of the association. We already have members calling to sign up," says de Wit. "Our members help to ensure we collect quality, gently used pieces of clothing, with all the buttons buttoning and zippers zipping."
"This year we are putting out a special request for hoodies, making sure that not-so-easy demographic is covered. It is so important to reach out and help families in our communities who are in need, especially during this time of the year."
In addition to the GVHBA office, member companies at locations throughout Lower Mainland municipalities, including several Black Press community papers, will serve as coat drop-off sites from November 24 to December 4. Take the opportunity now to clean out, wash and pack up those items no longer being used.
For more information about the Coats for Kids campaign and a list of participating companies and locations, check out your local Black Press community paper or www.gvhba.org starting in November.