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Blanket drive arrives at Vancouver SkyTrain stations this weekend

Volunteers will blanket SkyTrain stops across Vancouver and Richmond this weekend in search of blankets, among other things.
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 Volunteers hope to collect 10,000 blankets over the course of this weekend’s Drive on the Line campaign. Photo: Ron Perron Photography & DesignVolunteers hope to collect 10,000 blankets over the course of this weekend’s Drive on the Line campaign. Photo: Ron Perron Photography & Design

Volunteers will blanket SkyTrain stops across Vancouver and Richmond this weekend in search of blankets, among other things.

Blanket BC Society’s annual Drive on the Line campaign runs Nov. 22 and 23 at eight Canada Line stops: Waterfront Station, Yaletown-Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre, Broadway-City Hall, Oakridge-41st, Marine Drive, Bridgeport and Lansdowne.

Roughly 200 volunteers will be stationed at those stops to take donations of socks, scarves, mittens, toques and blankets.

All donated items will then be divided up and distributed to more than 100 shelter programs and organizations that work with impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast.

Last year’s event collected more than 5,000 blankets, 1,200 articles of clothing more than $7,500. All in, the drive has distributed close to 500,000 blankets and warm clothing to shelter programs, First Nations communities and families in need over its 11-year history.

For more info or to sign up as a volunteer, log on to www.blanketbc.org.

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