Surrey realtor Jenny Yeung and a volunteer from Surrey Urban Mission sort donations.

Blanket coverage by realtors

Thousands of bags of clothing donated by businesses and individuals.

Facing predictions for severe winter weather this year, the 16th-annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive received its most overwhelming response to date – 5,186 bags of clothing, coats and blankets for dozens of charities across the Lower Mainland.

Surrey realtors collected 535 bags, and White Rock/South Surrey realtors collected 295 bags.

In Surrey, Terasen Gas employees again held their own mini-campaign, collecting 69 bags of donations.

“The Blanket Drive has always relied on the efforts of our volunteers and the support of our communities,” said Jake Moldowan, President of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. “Seeing a response of this magnitude, I think everyone involved across the Lower Mainland deserves a pat on the back.”

Since its inception in 1994, the Blanket Drive has collected more than 27,000 bags of donations.