Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association Coats for Kids campaign warms hearts

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Coats for Kids
Last year, 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. Credit: Andrew Seaman/Flickr

Members of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association have been providing drop-off locations for people to donate lightly used and new coats since 1995, in support of the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus, serving families in need.

This year the campaign runs from Tuesday, November 14 through to Thursday, December 1, with 57 GVHBA member companies offering drop-off locations across 13 municipalities.

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.

“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,” said Clay. “Watching the relief on a parent’s face who finds a size-appropriate coat for their child is a good feeling.”

He notes that the Vancouver Christmas Bureau, helps over 1,000 low income families 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, like hoodies. Buying new items for donations is also an option, along with donating scarves, hats, gloves, and new unwrapped toys, with hockey sticks, soccer and basketballs, and art supplies always a hit.

GVHBA member companies will present a significant donation to the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus on December 1 at Santa’s Workshop, located at Caesarstone Canada, 5555 Trapp Avenue, Burnaby, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Festivities include Santa arriving in his “excavating” sleigh, pulled by Bobcats; the Southpointe Academy children’s choir; a cookie decorating station sponsored by TQ Construction in partnership with Snow Caps; and a Hot Chocolate Bar sponsored by Designs by Katerina & Silvie.

Drop-off locations for the Coats for Kids Campaign include:

ABBOTSFORD

Westerra Equipment – 31260 South Fraser Way; M-F: 8.00am – 5.00pm

BURNABY

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
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
TQ Construction Ltd. – 4382 Southwood Street; M-S: 24 Hours
WireChief Electric Ltd. – #201 3701 Hastings St; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p

COQUITLAM

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

DELTA

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; F: 9:00a – 8:00 p, Sat: 9:00a- 5:00p, Sun: 11:00a – 5:00p, M-Th 9:00a – 5:30p

LANGLEY

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

NEW WESTMINSTER

Griff Building Supplies – 340 Ewen Ave; 7.00a – 5.00p; Sat: 8.00a – 4.00p

NORTH VANCOUVER 

Afdon Contracting Ltd. – 600-1055 West 14th St; M-F: 9.00a – 5.00p
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

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

PORT MOODY

Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd. – 100 Sycamore Dr: M-F, Sat & Sun: 9.00a – 5.00p

RICHMOND

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

SURREY

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; 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

VANCOUVER

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
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: 7am – 5pm
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