After years of talking about getting over to Victoria and Nanaimo to deliver blankets and meet with organizations that work with families and individuals that struggle to make ends meet; we finally made it!
Back in November, you may remember we talked about a bright young man by the name of Ethan, 11, who called us to find out how to create a blanket drive at his school. Well, in February, young Master Ethan, with help from his grade 6 classmates at Cedar Hill Middle School, ended up collecting nearly 60 blankets; all of which were donated to the Cool Aid Society.
On April 2nd and 3rd, I along with Blanket BC co-founder Benjamin (and his younger sister Emma) took the ferry to Victoria to meet with this warm hearted Blanket Ambassador where we were honoured to present him with Blanket BC's first Community Service Award! "It's all about giving back" Ethan explains to those on hand, which included Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, Police Chief Frank Elsner, MLA (Mission/Maple Ridge) Hon. Marc Dalton, among many other dignitaries and directors of local shelters.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Never in the five year history of Blanket BC's "Drive on the Line" campaign has a turnout of volunteers, donations have been so overwhelming. We are still in the midst of counting all the donations up as well, collecting blankets from companies that put on their own organized drives. Even the response from local and national media has been truly amazing. I can tell you this, we have already counted well over 8000 blankets, and nearly 2000 articles of clothing. THAT, and with the help of two amazing Blanketeers, Ambrea (our Volunteer Coordinator) & Katherine (Lead), we have already handed out over 3000 blankets to local shelters. These two ladies really helped with the organization of our Drive, and we couldn't have done it without them! Thank you so much Ambrea & Katherine!
To top off our outpouring of warmth, we can't say enough about the 150+ strong Blanketeers that helped make our Drive on the Line a complete success! The energy from these beautiful men, women and children could provide wamth to a nation! Thank you so much!!!! I'll be writing about our Blanketeers on my next blog.
More to come soon...
Blanket BC has been nominated for the "Community Builder Award" from the Mission Chamber of Commerce. This prestigious award will be presented at the 2013 Business Excellence Awards Gala on June 8th. The TOP THREE will be able to go to the awards where they will announce the eventual winner. There are two stages to "win" this award:
The first stage is you MUST VOTE ON-LINE! Please click the link to the on-line voting site. http://missionchamber.bc.ca/ ...you may refresh your page and vote as many times as you wish!
Voting ends May 17th, so lets role out a campaign to WIN this prestigious award for all of our BLANKETEERS that have helped our communities!
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Also, please "Spread the Word" to others who you think would help support Blanket BC Society.
Thank you for your continued support!
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