Blanket drive begins

For every $5 donation, Urban Barn will donate a brand-new fleece blanket to a Surrey shelter

Urban Barn’s third annual “Blanket the Country in Warmth” charitable campaign in support of Gateway homeless shelter in Surrey is now underway.

The furniture, home décor and accessories retailer, Urban Barn, is inviting its customers to help them spread warmth to those in need this winter for the third consecutive year with the campaign. With every $5 in-store donation, a brand new fleece blanket will be donated to the Gateway shelter in Surrey. The blankets will come from all donations made at Urban Barn’s stores in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford.

The campaign runs until Dec. 14 at all 47 Urban Barn retail locations in Canada’s five most westerly provinces. Urban Barn hopes to build on last year’s successful campaign donation of 10,000 blankets. This year’s goal is to donate 12,000 blankets with the support of its customers.

“We are excited to work for a company that allows us to support our community and give back to those who areless fortunate,” said Surrey Urban Barn store manager Ashley Yost.

The Langley Urban Barn location is at 20202 66 Ave. In Surrey, the store is at 950-15045 32 Ave., while in Abbotsford, it is located at 3122 Mt Lehman Road.

“We are delighted to kick-off the ‘Blanket the Country in Warmth’ campaign for the third year in a row,” says Linda Letts, president, Urban Barn. “Thanks to the tremendous care and support from our local communities, we were able to achieve last year’s goal of donating 10,000 blankets. Once again, we look forward to making a difference together, and encourage our local customers to make a donation helping those in need again this year.”

Urban Barn began operationg in 1990 and is based in Vancouver.

The Gateway shelter believes that everyone should be able to be safe when they sleep at night. Life on the streets means not knowing where your next meal may come from or how you will get out of the elements to find safe, dry shelter.

The emergency shelter can house up to 22 men and eight women. It ensures people living on the streets have somewhere safe to spend the night when they need to. For further information, visit keyssolutions.org/gateway-shelter/.