Pivoting the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive to support BC’s disaster relief efforts

By Baldev S. Gill, Chief Executive Officer

As we have seen over the last few days and week, flood waters and landslides have devastated people, communities, and roadways in BC. People need our help.

When faced with such adversity, it is our duty to step up and lend a hand to help those in need.

Together with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), we’ve decided to direct all financial donations raised during this year’s Realtors Care® Blanket Drive to support the people affected by this natural disaster.

There’s power in numbers. This is our opportunity to take coordinated action to support those who need it, and to express how much Realtors care about their communities.

Let’s all come together to give what we can to this financial drive.

Since the weekend storm, we’ve heard numerous stories of members pitching in to help. Realtors have chartered helicopters to get food to displaced residents, made food and monetary donations, and have even driven pumper trucks throughout the night to help deal with overwhelmed sewage and drainage systems.

These stories are heartwarming, and remind us all of the power of what we can achieve when we come together as Realtors. Let’s continue to do our part, in a more organized way, by donating to the Blanket Drive.

The money we raise will go to the Canadian Red Cross’s British Columbia Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal. This money will support the Red Cross’s relief, recovery, resiliency, and risk reduction activities in the affected areas at both the individual and community levels.

According to the provincial government, 17,775 people have been evacuated to date, with 5,918 properties on evacuation order and 3,632 properties on evacuation alert.

We’re also extending the Blanket Drive an extra week this year, to November 29, to allow for more time to raise donations.

Please go to our fundraising website here to make your donation.

Thank you in advance to each one of you. Let’s come together to make a difference!

Please continue to stay safe, be kind, and be well.