VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A local group that helps keep Metro Vancouver’s most vulnerable warm during the coldest months is asking for a helping hand.
Like many others, the Blanket BC Society has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s co-founder, Gregory Ould, says the ongoing health crisis has meant Blanket BC has been forced to shut down for months.
“It definitely rung our bell, for sure,” he tells NEWS 1130.
Despite being up and running again, the society can’t hold its annual donation drive in-person, forcing it to move online.
Ould says the next few months will be busy as the group works to gather enough blankets to help keep people warm during the cold winter.
“Some people just don’t want to go into the shelters because of COVID, and therefore they’re going to be outside and exposed. Because of that, they need warmth,” he adds.
In addition to blankets, Blanket BC is hoping to raise $15,000 to help keep the society afloat.
“[The blanket drive] is our only money maker for the year. We don’t collect grants of any sort, so we rely on people power,” Ould explains, adding the money “does go a long way to purchase a lot of warm stuff, blankets and whatnot. But it also helps pay for the daily expenses of gas and insurance, which is very costly over the course of the year.”
Since 2005, Ould estimates Blanket BC has given out more than 450,000 blankets to those in need.
If you’d like to help, you can make a donation here.