Coats for Kids
The 22nd Annual Coats For Kids – “Warming Hearts Since 1995”
The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) is launching 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 will run from Tuesday, November 14 to Friday, December 1, with 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. Last year the response to Coats for Kids was heartwarming as Lower Mainland residents donated more than 3,600 items, collected at 95 locations, offered by 54 GVHBA member companies.
Speaking with the Christmas Bureaus, the greatest need is coats and jackets for tweens and teens – ages 12 to 18 years old. Remember, even though some teens fit adult sizing, the coats need to appeal their age group (hoodies are always popular). 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).
Participating Drop-Off Locations:
Westerra Equipment – 31260 South Fraser Way; M-F: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Abstract Homes & Renovations Inc, – #230 – 4388 Still Creek Drive; M-F: 10.00a – 4.00p
Alture Properties – #104, 3991 Henning Drive; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
Ames Tile & Stone – 2229 Beta Ave; M-F: 8.00a – 5.00p; Sat: 9.00a – 4.00p
Blue Ocean Construction Inc. – #103 8327 Eastlake Dr; M-F: 8.30a – 5.00p
Boffo Developments Ltd. – #200 4580 Hastings St; M-F: 8.00a – 5.00p
Caesarstone Canada – 5555 Trapp Ave; M-F: 8.00a – 5.00p
CHBA BC – #400 6400 Roberst Street; M-F: 9.00a – 4.00p
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies – 2580 Gilmore Ave; M-F: 6.30a – 5.00p; Sat: 7.00a – 4.00p
Federated Insurance – #108 4595 Canada Way; M-F: 8.00a – 4.00p
GardenWorks – 4746 Marine Drive; M-S: 9.00a – 6.00p
Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc. – #120, 8061 Lougheed Hwy (Loading Bay/Back Door); M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
TQ Construction Ltd. – #106 8988 Fraserton Crt; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
WireChief Electric Ltd. – #201 3701 Hastings St; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
Creative Home Furnishings -Unit D 1100 Lansdowne Dr; M-F: 10.00a- 5.00p; Sat: 10.00a – 5.00p; Sun: 12.00p – 5.00p
Morningstar Homes Ltd. – 946 Brunette Ave, 2nd Floor; M-F: 8.00a – 4.00p
Trail Appliances – 2550 Barnet Hwy; M-T: 9.00a – 5.30p, F: 9.00a – 8.00p; Sat: 9.00a – 5.00p; Sun: 11.00a – 5.00p
Troico Home Solutions & Manufacturing Inc. – 1308 Ketch Crt; M-F: 8.30a – 4.30p; Sat: 10.00a – 2.00p
Best Builders Ltd. – #103 5461 12th Ave; M-F: 9.00a – 4.00p
Kemp Construction/ Sarah Gallop Designs – #11 1835 56 St; M-F: 8.00a – 5:00p
Talisman Homes Ltd. – Tsawwassen Springs Clubhouse, 5133 Springs Blvd; M-F, Sat & Sun: 9.00a – 9.00p
Taymor Industries Ltd. – 1655 Derwent Way; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
Trail Appliances –Clearance – #10-820 Cliveden Place; M-Th 9:00a – 5:30p, F: 9:00a – 8:00 p, Sat: 9:00a- 5:00p, Sun: 11:00a – 5:00p
Benchmark Homes Ltd. – #304 6360 202 St; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
Centra Construction Group – 20216 98 Ave; M-F: 8.30a – 5.00p
Country Lumber Ltd. – 22538 Fraser Hwy, M-F: 6.00a – 5.30p, Sat: 8.00a – 4.30p
Trail Appliances – #200 19888 Langley Bypass; M-T: 9.00a – 5.30p, F: 9.00a – 8.00p, Sat: 9.00a – 5.00p & Sun: 11.00a – 5.00p
Griff Building Supplies – 340 Ewen Ave; 7.00a – 5.00p; Sat: 8.00a – 4.00p
Afdon Contracting Ltd. – 600-1055 West 14th St; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
Alchemy Construction Ltd. – 1537 Welch Street; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
Beyond Beige Interior Designs Inc. 1121 15th St; M-F: 10.00a – 6.00p
Black Fish Homes Ltd. – 107-1305 Welch St; M-F: 9.00a – 4.00p
Capilano Builders Ltd. – #3, 1433 Rupert St; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies – 160 Hanes Ave; M-F: 6.30a -5.00p, Sat: 8.00 – 5.00p
Ethical Flooring Ltd. – #110, 2270 Dollarton Hwy; M-F: 10.00a – 5.00p
GD Nielsen Homes Ltd. – #129 1305 Welch St; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
Shakespeare Homes and Renovations Inc. – #106 – 173 Forester St; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd. – 2650 Mary Hill Rd; M-F: 6.30a- 5.30p, Sat: 8.00a – 4.30p, Sun: 9.00a – 4.00p
Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd. – 100 Sycamore Dr: M-F, Sat & Sun: 9.00a – 5.00p
Preston Mobility – #128 13071 Vanier Pl; M-F: 8.00a – 5.00p
STOR-X Organizing Systems – #150 11120 Hammersmith Gate; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
Trail Appliances – 3388 Sweden Way; M-T: 9.00a – 6.00p, F: 9.00a – 8.00p, Sat: 9.00a – 5.00p & Sun: 11.00a – 5.00p
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies – 12433 80 Ave; M-F: 6.30a – 5.00p, Sat: 7.00a – 4.00p
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies – 19950 92 Ave, M-F: 7.00a – 4.00p
Duradek – 8288 129 St, M-F: 8.00a – 4.00p
Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association – #1003, 7495 – 132 St, M-F: 8.30a – 4.30p
My House Design / Build Team Ltd. – #2, 15356 Fraser Hwy; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
Puccino’s Coffee Bar – #1014 7495 132 St; M-F: 7.00a – 4.00p
Stor-More Closet & Blinds Ltd. – #111-19231 54 Ave; M-F: 8.00a – 5.00p; Sat: 9.00a – 1.00p
Starline Windows – 19091 36 Avenue; M-F: 7.00a – 5.00p
Shell Busey’s Home Improvements – #7 2320 King George Blvd, M-F: 9.00a – 3.00p
Trail Appliances – 6750 King George Blvd; M-T: 9.00a – 5.30p, F: 9.00a – 8.00p, Sat: 9.00a – 5.00p & Sun: 11.00a – 5.00p
Williams Machinery – 10240 Grace Rd; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
Capital Home Energy – #250 1778 West 2nd Ave; M-F: 10.00a – 4.00p
Conwest Group of Companies – #250 1311 Kootenay St; M-F: 7.30a – 4.30p
Creative Home Furnishings – 1738 West 2nd Ave; M-F: 11.00a – 6.00p, Sat: 10.00a – 5.00p, Sun: 12.00p – 5.00p
Designs by Katerina and Silvie – 2476 West 6 Avenue: M-F: 9.00a – 4.00p
InHaus Development Ltd. – #505 1168 Hamilton St; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
Kerr Construction – 1676 W 75th Ave; M-F: 8.30a – 4.30p
maison d’etre design-build inc. – 118 W 2nd Ave, M-F: 8.30a – 5.30p
Marino General Contracting Ltd. – 1537 West 75th Ave; M-F: 8.00a – 4.30p
Mr. Build Vancouver – 9129 Shaughnessy St; M-F & Sat: 7.00a – 5.00p
Saint Construction Management Ltd. – 2405 E Hastings St; M-F: 7.30a – 4.00p
VGC Vancouver General Contractors Inc. – #200 3689 E 1st Ave M-F: 8.00a – 5.00p
Trail Appliances – 2876 Rupert St; M-T: 9.00a – 5.30p, F: 9.00a – 8.00p, Sat: 9.00a – 5.00p & Sun: 11.00a – 5.00p
If you are interested in participating a a drop-off location, for this time-honoured, Metro Vancouver-wide initiative, confirmation is required by Thursday, November 2.
Here’s how the Coats for Kids campaign works:
Posters, logos, social media information and a promotional script will be sent to participants via email by Friday, November 3, prior to the news release being sent out inviting the public to drop off the apparel at participating members’ offices or sales centres from Tuesday, November 14 to Friday, December 1. Your company’s participation will be highlighted in the news release, which will be sent to all Vancouver-area media.
As a condition of participation, you and a co-worker will deliver donations to the Coats for Kids Wrap-Up Christmas party at Caesarstone Canada, at 5555 Trapp Avenue Burnaby, where we will all gather for one GIGANTIC donation celebration, scheduled for Friday, December 1, from 9am – 11am. Details coming soon.
Note: If unable to attend the Wrap-Up Party, donations must be dropped off directly to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau OR to the Surrey Christmas Bureau, depending on your location, by Friday, December 1.
North of the Fraser River: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.253.7191 to arrange a confirmed drop-off time prior to delivery.
South of the Fraser River: 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 (closed Nov 11). Please ensure you email email@example.com or call 604.581.9623 to arrange a confirmed drop-off time prior to delivery.
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, the Southpointe Academy 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.