Blanket drive has working poor, homeless covered
Almost 19,000 working poor and homeless people across the Lower Mainland received donations of blankets, clothing, and other necessities following the region’s longest running blanket drive organized by the real estate industry.
During the drive, which ran from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, people benefited from the many contributions distributed through local charities.
“Many people in our community who are struggling financially will be blessed and warm this winter because of the blanket drive,” said Lorraine Pilling, clothing co-op manager at Higher Ground Ministry, a charitable organization in Port Coquitlam.
“We anticipate the hundreds of bags of coats and blankets we received this year will provide a change of clothes and a fresh blanket to every client who needs it until April, 2012,” said MaryAnne Connor, founder/president of Nightshift Street Ministries.