Blanket BC Celebrates 100,000 Blankets Collected to Date!
This past week marked a wonderfully warm milestone for Blanket BC Society. After all the “Drive on the Line” campaigns, “Hike for the Homeless” events and a few fundraisers in between, and with the help from our amazing group of volunteers throughout the years, Blanket BC has collected over 100,000 blankets! All donations get divided up and sent to over 50 other organizations that help people in the most desperate of situations, which include homelessness, drug & alcohol addiction as well as physical & sexual abuse.
“I could use a blanket to survive the night”. With those gut wrenching words, founder Gregory Ould took action and found a blanket for a man who was homeless on a cold October night over 7 years ago. Today, Greg’s son Benjamin (9) and younger sister Emma (5) are actively involved in what is now a successfully incorporated Society, led by a very talented and passionate group of volunteer directors. They, along with generous sponsors, community support, and a warm-hearted group of “Blanketeers”, have helped raise homelessness awareness throughout our community and have distributed over 100,000 blankets to date throughout the entire Lower Mainland. Our mission is to provide “warmth from the heart” by collecting blankets and warm articles of clothing for shelter programs and families in need. Blanket BC is currently looking for volunteers to join our board and to help spread the warmth. Kind financial donations would be very much appreciated as well!
For more information on Blanket BC or to request an interview, please contact undersigned.
Gregory Ould Founder, Executive Director Blanket BC Society Tel. 778-242-9940 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @bbcgregory & @BlanketBC
This past weekend marked a wonderfully warm milestone for Blanket BC Society and to all who have participated over the 7 plus years we've been around. After all the “Drive on the Line” campaigns, “Hike for the Homeless” events and a few fundraisers in between, and with the help from our amazing
group of volunteers throughout the years, Blanket BC is proud to say we have collected over 100,000 blankets to date! All blankets are divided up and sent to shelter programs and families in need throughout the Lower Mainland and other communities throughout British Columbia. We do this year round!
Blanket BC would like to send special thanks to a few of our sponsors and friends as non of this would be possible without them.
To Kevin, Peter, Mario and all others at K-Bro Linen Services, we thank you for the very generous amounts of blankets, sheets, pillowcases, towels and throws you have donated to Blanket BC over the years. All of your items have been blessings to those who recieve them! It was you latest donation of over 5000 blankets that helped us surpass the 100,000 marker!
To Sandra and the wonderful staff at Maple Leaf Storage Locker in Port Coquitlam who have been with Blanket BC from day one! Your generous offer of locker space is invaluable. I'm proud to call you my friends!
To our newest partnership, Storage For Your Life in Mission, you have allowed us to utilize a large locker space for our donations for the Fraser Valley and we thank you very much!
Last but certainly not least, to our wonderful volunteers! Much of the work is done by our volunteers who give up much of their time in cold wet weather, picking up and delivering donations to shelter programs. It's not a glorious job, but I'm glad I have wonderfully warm people helping Blanket BC and making what we do, a success! THANK-YOU!
In closing, Blanket BC has grown leaps and bounds over the years, being able to help more and more people each year. As we grow, our team will change as some team members and directors will move on to other aspirations, however, encouragingly, others will join. In all, our mission statement and vision will stay the same and we will continue to bring "warmth, from the heart" to all those who are in the greatest of need in our society.
Founder, Executive Director
Blanket BC Society
The following poem is by my friend Lalit. She shared with me her family struggles growing up and how a simple blanket she kept, gave her warmth and hope. I am humbled that we inspired her words of warmth and I would like to share them with you. Thank-you Lalit, you are one very special lady!
“Warmth from the Heart”
By Lalit Lal
A night of darkness
Cold and Wet
One shivers when the wind gets set
Frozen toes, hands and feet
Teeth clenches without any heat
As the cold wears on and on
One’s body becomes stiff and worn
As one longs for warmth and heat
Along came Blanket BC with great speed
The lifeless body, wrapped in a bundle
Slowly, warmth has won its battle
One has reason to be alive
Through such a little blanket that shines
Blanket BC and its cause will reign
For all the individuals that will gain
A precious life is saved each time
When Blanket BC spreads the warmth divine
On November 23rd and 24th of this year, Blanket BC's Drive on the Line was in full force. With nearly 70 kind and warm hearted Blanketeers, and amazing Canada Line attendants helping, we collected nearly 2000 blankets and nearly $4000 in donations! The two day drive was a modest success compared to last years, however, we managed to capture the attention of others who wanted to help in our cause.
Over the past couple of weeks, Blanket BC has been shown some love from so many people, companies and students from elementary to high school. We have recieved phone calls, emails and even old school letters of thanks for the work we do. To be honest with you, its not the work Blanket BC does, its the message we send to those in most need that comes from you, the donor!
First, we had Heritage Park High School in Mission give out hundreds of blankets to Mission residents and "street survivors", then Blanket BC recieved a call from Harken Towing, where they offered over $1000 in blankets to our cause! Walmart in Mission then offered a $500 gift card to go towards the purchase of blankets to help with local families. It gets better...
Servants for Hope in Vancouver called and asked for help with their "Feed the Homeless" night, which took place on Monday, December 17th 2012. They were in search of a few hundred much needed blankets to give to the good people at Pigeon Park on the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. So, I made a call...one call...to one of the most generous companies I personally know; K-Bro Linen Services in Burnaby, led by very caring individuals, simply asked "how many?" Knowing there would possibly be more than 1000 individuals being helped, they immediately put together nearly 1200 blankets and directly sent them to the volunteers for preparation for the night. Volunteers wrapped them up and then, handed them out...all of them. Because of people, like you, who care, street survivors feel loved, cared for, and are feeling a bit warmer tonight. I experienced something that was magical, enlightening and even spiritual. It was love. Pure love.
In closing, I would like to personally thank everyone who donated a blanket, donated their time, and most of all, donated their warmth, from their heart! It's because of you we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many. Merry Christmas to you all! May 2013 bring us closer together.
Gregory Ould, Founder
Check out a Global TV News Feature done on Blanket BC Society during our Drive on the Line Campaign in November 2012.
Blanket BC would like to thank Hiro and Rick at Republica Coffee Roasters Inc. for brilliantly creating a wonderfully warm and bold tasting blend that is aptly named Blanket BC Blend. For a limited time only, the Blanket BC Blend is a medium/dark roast from Brazil and Mexico. Partial proceeds go towards Blanket BC and we couldn't be more pleased...considering we here at Blanket BC absolutely love our coffee!!!
For more info and to order your bag of this amazing tasting coffee, please visit Republica Coffee Roasters at their website http://republicaroasters.com/
Republica Coffee is located in picturesque Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada. They use select beans from around the world and roast in small batch roasters for optimum quality and taste. "You won't find a bitter taste in any of their coffee...because their beans are always happy! - Gregory Ould
First Nations people have always been a warm and caring people. I was honoured today to share Blanket BC's story of caring and warmth to the Elders at Mission Friendship Centre Society during their monthly luncheon. I spoke with amazing people who shared with me their trials and tribulations along with their successes and overcoming great challenges and obsticles. Most memorable was Mary, who shared with me and the group of how at 17 years of age she was homeless on the streets of Vancouver, back when there were no shelters, no help. Homeless, alone, and frightened, she told me that it was a blanket she relied on to give her warmth and a bit of security. Today, many years later, she escaped the streets and made a life for herself in Mission, where she is now and Elder and leads groups that help others.
I would like to thank the Elders of the Mission Friendship Centre Society for welcoming me in such a manner that truly moved me. I look forward to meeting you again very soon!
Blanket BC Society
"Over the past couple of years I have had the privelage to tell the story of Blanket BC's beginnings and where we are heading into the future. I have spoken with business leaders, members of the Chambers of Commerce as well as, and my favourite, children in schools. Oh how this generation will be such good leaders!
Not only do I speak about Blanket BC, but I also touch on the importance of volunteering in your community as well as bullying, the latter I'm afraid, I know all too well.
I would be more than honoured to speak either at your school, your business or even your home with friends." Gregory Ould
For more information on speaking with Gregory Ould, founder and Executive Director with Blanket BC Society, please contact him directly; email@example.com or 778-242-9940.
Dear Greg and Blanket BC,
Please accept our sincere thanks for your generosity!
The month of December is our busiest time of year with young people flooding through our doors to escape the cold wet weather and to attend celebrations like our drop-in Christmas Party that we hold each year. This is always a huge success with usually 200 or more young people coming to enjoy Christmas dinner with us. Each leaves with not only a new backpack filled with items to make their lives more comfortable and a full stomach. They also leave knowing they are loved, accepted and have a place to grow and change.
Your blankets will be a part of their gifts this year and will help keep them warm this winter.
We are only able to be here each and every day because of caring people like you; you are truly helping us to change young lives for the better.
We appreciate your support and friendship, especially at this time of the year when our youth are in need of extra love and kindness.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
All of us at Covenant House Vancouver
Following the enormous success of our previous campaigns to collect blankets and warm clothing along the Canada Line, we're pleased to announce our FOURTH annual "Drive on the Line Campaign" for Friday, November 23 and Saturday November 24, 2012 from 7:30am to 6:00pm. We will be collecting blankets at the following 8 Canada Line Stations:
We will be looking for 144 Volunteers!
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