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Founder Greg Ould and his family during the 2012 Drive on the Line Campaign expressing gratitude!
"Leaders of Warmth" Ben & Emma Ould
"I could use a blanket to survive the night..."
While walking out of a movie theater in downtown Vancouver on a chilly October night over 14 years ago, Gregory Ould noticed a man lying in an alcove at the side of a building. Ould went up to the man, whose appearance looked weathered and rough, and asked the man if there was anything that he could do to help him out. Expecting he would ask for money, cigarettes or coffee, Greg wasn't prepared for what the man did say to him. “I could use a blanket… to survive the night.”
Blown away by those words, Greg went out and brought back a blanket. That act of one offer has continued to blossom from a family endeavor where he was joined by his young son Ben and later daughter Emma to a team of amazing Board Members and wonderful volunteers throughout the year.
Since collecting 67 blankets on their first blanket drive, Blanket BC has grown into an incorporated charity and has been able to distributed over 450,000 blankets to date! Blanket BC is also raising awareness to homelessness and the working poor across our communities. Financial contributions are now accepted too!
Blanket BC has assisted more than 150 other charitable organizations, shelters and Churches that open their space to the homeless and families, and refugees in need of assistance.
Every third week of November, Blanket BC Society runs their annual “Drive on the Line” campaign. This incredibly large two day-long blanket drive set along the Canada Line that runs from Waterfront Station to Richmond, has helped in the collection of over 50,000 blankets and over 35,000 articles of clothing to date! It's as far as we know, the largest blanket drive in North America! This years Drive will take place on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd (9am - 5pm).
Blanket BC is always looking for Blanketeers (are version of volunteers) that wish to give back a little “warmth from the heart“. Please visit our Volunteer page for more information.
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Blanket BC Society's Non Profit Certificate: #S57485