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Realtors across British Columbia’s Lower Mainland are pitching in to help residents impacted by recent flooding and landslides.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) announced today that financial donations raised during this year’s 27th annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive will be directed to the Canadian Red Cross’s British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal.

In addition, the blanket drive — originally scheduled to end today — will be extended an extra week, until November 29, to raise additional funds and donations.

“In times of crisis, we must adapt,” said Taylor Biggar, REBGV Chair. “That’s why we decided to pivot this year’s campaign to support the Red Cross in its province-wide relief efforts.”

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While financial contributions are welcomed, the blanket drive is also accepting physical donations of blankets and sleeping bags, warm winter clothing including used coats, scarves and gloves, as well as new socks and underwear.

“According to the provincial government, nearly 18,000 people have been evacuated to date, with thousands of properties on evacuation orders or alerts,” said Larry Anderson, FVREB President. “Let’s give what we can to make a difference together.”

Physical donations can be dropped off at one of more than 100 participating real estate offices. Those who make a financial donation of $5 or more will receive a tax receipt.

The Realtors Care Blanket Drive is an annual partnership between realtors from the Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver, and Chilliwack and District Real Estate Boards. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.blanketdrive.ca/.

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