Coats for Kids

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Event date: December 1, 2017
Showtime: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM to Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Location: Caesarstone Canada, 109-5555 Trapp Avenue, Burnaby


The  22nd Annual Coats For Kids – “Warming Hearts Since 1995”

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) launched its 22nd annual Coats for Kids campaign in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and Surrey Christmas Bureau, two groups whose many initiatives help to provide a brighter Christmas for families in need.

The Coats for Kids donation campaign ran from Tuesday, November 14 to Friday, December 1, 2017 with over 63 GVHBA member companies providing drop off locations for new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, blankets and new unwrapped toys and gifts for children of all ages. This year the response to Coats for Kids was heartwarming as Lower Mainland residents donated more than 6,500 items!

Wrapping up the campaign, over 150 attendees gathered on Friday, December 1st to present one GIGANTIC donation to the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus at Santa’s Workshop (aka Caesarstone Canada) with the Dick’s Lumber elves delivering and organizing all donations and Poco Building Supplies coming in to help deliver an extra load!

Guests enjoyed custom-built hot chocolate sponsored by Designs by Katerina & Silvie, Coffee Sponsored by Starbucks and Gingerbread Cookies donated by TQ Construction in partnership with Snow Cap! Santa even shared his Excavating Sleigh pulled by Bobcat Reindeers, sponsored by Westerra Equipment in partnership with Verrault Lowbed Services to the delight of children (and adults too!)

If you haven’t already done so, take a look at our photos here: 2017 Coats for Kids  

 

Thank-You to Our 2017 Participating Drop-Off Locations:

ABBOTSFORD
Westerra Equipment

BURNABY
Abstract Homes & Renovations Inc
Alture Properties
Ames Tile & Stone
Blue Ocean Construction Inc.
Boffo Developments Ltd.
Caesarstone Canada
CHBA BC
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Federated Insurance
GardenWorks
Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc.
TQ Construction Ltd.
WireChief Electric Ltd.

COQUITLAM
Creative Home Furnishings
Morningstar Homes Ltd.
Trail Appliances
Troico Home Solutions & Manufacturing Inc.

DELTA
Best Builders Ltd.
Kemp Construction/ Sarah Gallop Designs
Talisman Homes Ltd.
Taymor Industries Ltd.
Trail Appliances

LANGLEY
Benchmark Homes Ltd.
Centra Construction Group
Country Lumber Ltd.
Kitchen Craft of Canada
Trail Appliances

NEW WESTMINSTER
Griff Building Supplies

NORTH VANCOUVER
Afdon Contracting Ltd.
Alchemy Construction Ltd.
Beyond Beige Interior Designs Inc.
Black Fish Homes Ltd.
Capilano Builders Ltd.
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Ethical Flooring Ltd.
GD Nielsen Homes Ltd.
Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc.

PORT COQUITLAM
Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd.

PORT MOODY
Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd.

RICHMOND
Preston Mobility
STOR-X Organizing Systems
Trail Appliances

SURREY
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
Duradek
Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association
My House Design / Build Team Ltd.
Portrait Homes Ltd.
Puccino’s Coffee Bar
Stor-More Closet & Blinds Ltd.
Starline Windows
Shell Busey’s Home Improvements
Trail Appliances
Williams Machinery

VANCOUVER
Capital Home Energy
Conwest Group of Companies
Creative Home Furnishings
InHaus Development Ltd.
Kerr Construction
maison d’etre design-build inc.
Marino General Contracting Ltd.
Mr. Build Vancouver
Saint Construction Management Ltd.
Sunshine Diner
Trail Appliances
VGC Vancouver General Contractors Inc.

 

 

Didn’t have time to clean out your closet before the GVHBA Coats for Kids Wrap Up Party? Don’t worry, you can still donate to the Christmas Bureaus directly:

Drop off at Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau
Located at 3rd floor, 1870 Pandora Street, Vancouver.
They are open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Please ensure you email office@lmcb.ca or call 604.253.7191 to arrange a confirmed drop-off time prior to delivery.

Drop off at Surrey Christmas Bureau
Located at 6878 King George Blvd, Surrey. They are open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. Please ensure you email coordinator@christmasbureau.com or call 604.581.9623 to arrange a confirmed drop-off time prior to delivery.

For more information, please contact Katrina Albert at katrina@gvhba.org or at (778) 565-4288 Ext 201.
Who Should Attend

You.

More than just keeping a child warm, every coat donated warms the hearts of many people along the way.

“The simple act of donating a coat to keep a child warm connects people contributing to a good cause. You can see the warmth and kindness shared between people as the coats are dropped-off and collected, and I think this is a reaction worth spreading”, said GVHBA Chair Larry Clay of Clay Construction.

Last year the response to Coats for Kids was heartwarming as Lower Mainland residents donated more than 3,600 gently used and new coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and new toys for distribution to children of all ages.

Speaking with the Vancouver Christmas Bureau Executive Director Chris Bayliss, he said, “The needs are real, and clothing is often overlooked. People think of toys and food around this time of year, but keeping kids warm is an essential need for every parent too; especially during the colder winter months.” He said, “watching the relief on a parent’s face who finds a size-appropriate coat for their child is a good feeling.” Chris notes that the Vancouver Christmas Bureau, helps over a 1000 low income family in Vancouver during the holidays.

Coats for teens are always in high demand. Even though some teens fit adult sizing, the coats need to appeal their age group (hoodies are always a popular choice). Buying new items for donations is also an option, along with donating scarves, hats, gloves, and new unwrapped toys (hockey sticks, soccer and basketballs, and art supplies are always a hit).

Join in on the holiday cheer as together with our GVHBA member companies, we present one GIGANTIC heartwarming donation to the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus on December 1st at Santa’s Workshop (Caesarstone Canada, 5555 Trapp Avenue, Burnaby) from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Festivities include Santa arriving in his “excavating” sleigh, pulled by Bob Cats from Westerra Equipment in partnership with Verrreault Lowbed Services, Christmas Tunes, a cookie decorating station sponsored by TQ Construction in partnership with Snow Cap and a Hot Chocolate Bar sponsored by Designs by Katerina & Silvie.

An amazing way to celebrate and share Metro Vancouver’s community spirit, and draw attention to families in need.

Event Agenda

Join in on the holiday cheer as together with our GVHBA member companies, we present one GIGANTIC heartwarming donation to the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus on December 1st at Santa’s Workshop (Caesarstone Canada, 5555 Trapp Avenue, Burnaby) from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Festivities include Santa arriving in his “excavating” sleigh, pulled by Bob Cats from Westerra Equipment in partnership with Verrault Lowbed Services, children’s choir, Cookie decorating station sponsored by TQ Construction in partnership with Snow Cap and a Hot Chocolate Bar sponsored by Designs by Katerina & Silvie. An amazing way to celebrate and share Metro Vancouver’s community spirit, and draw attention to families in need.