Commuters on the Canada line are being asked to give the gift of warmth with the annual “Drive on the Line” Blanket Drive kicking off Friday and Saturday.
Organizers are hoping to collect more than 10,000 items for B.C.’s neediest.
Blankets, socks, kids clothes, anything to keep people warm, Blanket B.C.’s Gregory Ould is urging you to drop it off at Canada Line stations from Richmond to Downtown Vancouver.
Ould kicked off the drive 11 years ago when he collected 67 blankets, and says the response has grown ever since.
“We’re now well over 250,000 blankets, literally you could circumference the planet one and a half times, and that is what I call global warming.”
Ould says the items will get donated to more than 100 organizations, with shelters heavily favoured.
— Gregory Ould (@bbcgregory) November 23, 2016
Not a long term solution to a bigger problem
He says that with growing homelessness, the need for blankets and warm clothes is greater than ever, but admits it’s no long term solution.
“We’re just here to comfort people, and when we get thousands of blankets, that’s me delivering the message to the people in need that you know what? There are people that care about you.”
Volunteers and musical acts will be stationed at Canada Line stops from Vancouver to Richmond.
Organizers have started the Twitter hashtag #SpreadTheWarmth to raise further awareness.
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