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Richmond charity 'driving' at Vancouver Warriors game this weekend

The Blanket BC Society will be soliciting for donations at the lacrosse game at Rogers Arena on Saturday, March 25
Greg Ould (right) in the midst of sending off blankets to Ukraine last winter.

A Richmond-based charity will be hoping to “feel the warmth” at this weekend’s Vancouver Warriors game at Rogers Arena.

The Blanket BC Society is going to have volunteers at the big lacrosse game to collect donations of blankets, socks, toques etc. and, of course, monetary donations.

This is Blanket BC’s first time holding a blanket drive at Rogers Arena, a goal the organization has had its eye on for many years.

The game versus the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday, March 25 is also “Country Night,” with the likes of Canadian country artists Tim & The Glory Boys, Karen Lee Batten, Courtney Hunt and Dakota Pearl entertaining the crowd.

The Blanket BC Society kicked off around 17 years ago, after the Ould family from Richmond handed out a blanket to a vulnerable person on the streets in Vancouver.

Since then, it has grown from a family project for father/son team Gregory and Ben Ould to an award-winning organization that has handed out over 585,000 blankets to date.

Blanket BC’s mission is to provide “warmth from the heart” year round, by collecting blankets and warm clothing for shelter programs, First Nations communities and families in need.

Blanket BC has also shipped over 35,000 blankets to other countries around the world, most recently to Turkey and Syria for the ongoing earthquake efforts in that region.

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