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...
We're gearing up for our 5th Annual Drive on the Line campaign on November 22/23 this month and our goal is to break our record and collect 10,000 blankets for those in need. Here's a word from Founder, Gregory Ould. Please visit our website and if you feel like volunteering at one of our drop boxes along the Canada Line, we sure could use your help.
November 7, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On November 22nd & 23rd, Blanket BC Society will be launching its fifth annual “Drive on the Line” campaign, taking place along the Canada Line. This is a two-day blanket drive where over 100 volunteers* ranging from individuals to families and company teams, will be collecting donations from the public at 8 stations between Waterfront Station to Richmond Brighouse. Donations accepted are: socks, scarves, mittens, toques, and of course - blankets. All donated items will then be divided up and distributed to shelter programs and organizations that work directly with society’s most impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and this year, Vancouver Island. Last years “Drive” successfully collected over 6200 blankets and over 1,000 articles of clothing. Our goal this year: to collect over 10,000 blankets, as the need is overwhelming this time of year. This winter is predicted to be one of the harshest and coldest in decades. Please help today!
About Blanket BC
“I could use a blanket, to survive the night” is the phrase that started it all. After giving one blanket to a homeless man 8 years ago, Blanket BC has grown from a father/son project to an organization that has handed out over 100,000 blankets to date! Our mission is to provide “warmth from the heart” all year long, by collecting blankets and warm items for shelter programs and families in need.
For more information and interview requests, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned. Help make a warm difference, volunteer today! *Sign up now at http://www.blanketbc.org/volunteer.html
Gregory Ould, Executive Director
Blanket BC Society
Email: email@example.com Tel. 778-242-9940
I would like to share a story with you...
As you may or may not know from my recent Facebook posts, I received a call last week from Yvonne Lee of Scotiabank where she had mentioned they would like to donate approx 300 blankets to Blanket BC.
On Monday, I went to pick them up with my personal minivan. Low and behold, when I arrived to the office on the 34th floor, there were roughly 45 boxes that contained 40 waterproof blankets each!
I was able to take 4 boxes that day and deliver them straight to Covenant House.
I mentioned on Facebook that I would need a bigger truck. Well, not a few minutes later, Bill Dick, owner of Phoenix Truck & Crane offered up a truck and driver for the day! Through his son Trevor, he managed to give us a full days use on Thursday...with no hesitation. Phoenix driver, Raj Kumar met me at Maple Leaf Storage, where he helped me empty out our secondary locker.
We drove to Scotiabank and picked up 40 large boxes, filling Raj's 3 tonne cube truck. We delivered to 15 shelter programs and 5 SOR's (Single Occupancy Rooms). The reception we recieved by the amazing people who work at the shelters was overwhelming to say the least. So many organizations had absolutely nothing in their bins. We also gave away 300 towels kindly provided by K-Bro Linen Services, which were also in great demand. After dropping off most of our donations downtown, we made a special delivery to a Coquitlam street youth worker named Brianne. She recieved 160 waterproof blankets for a program she puts together every winter. I look forward to working with her soon! I also delivered to the Haven in the Hallow shelter in Mission, who is now turning people away at the door due to being full.
There is still much more to be done, but I will tell you this...this is a great start to our winter season and people will be warmer and drier, even if they have to sleep outside. Still, it breaks my heart to know people are still out in the element.
All of this couldn't have been done without our wonderful caring friends at Phoenix Trucking, K-Bro Linen Services, Maple Leaf Storage, and our newest Blanketeer, Raj Kumar!
Hope this story warms your heart up just a little!
Spread the word, spread the warmth!
Its that time of year again...
Blanket BC Society is looking for volunteers for this years "Drive on the Line" campaign. We need 150 "Blanketeers" to help collect our goal of over 10,000 blankets! Our Drive takes place on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd along the Canada Line. This is a fun event which is going into its 5th successful year.
If you wish to help, please visit www.blanketbc.org/volunteer or email is at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 email@example.com Twitter @bbcgregory & @BlanketBC
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