SURREY, B.C. — It’s that time of year again.
HAVAN (Homebuilders Association Vancouver) has launched its 28th annual Coats for Kids campaign, running from to Dec. 6 in support of the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus.
These organizations assist families in need during the winter season. The campaign, supported by 72 HAVAN member companies, provides 82 drop-off locations across 14 Metro Vancouver municipalities for donations of new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, blankets and new unwrapped toys and gifts for children.
Ron Rapp, HAVAN CEO, highlighted the immediate need for winter clothing, citing the early onset of colder temperatures and snowfall in local mountains.
Lisa Werring, executive director of the Surrey Christmas Bureau, pointed out the heightened demand for assistance this year due to rising inflation affecting vulnerable families. This economic strain is not just felt in the need for warm clothing but also in food security. In 2022, the Bureau’s Hamper program, which provides grocery vouchers for Christmas meals, delivered over 21,000 meals. This year, as the economic challenges persist, the program anticipates the need to provide more than 22,000 meals.
To further support the cause, HAVAN has organized a special event, Chill Out for Coats for Kids, on Dec. 7 at Trail Appliances Vancouver showroom. All proceeds from the event will support families in need.
Coat donors can find a drop-off location here: https://havan.ca/event/coats-for-kids-2023/