Vancouver, BC: The Homebuilders Association Vancouver zipped up the holiday season raising just over $25,000, while collecting thousands of coats, both gently used and new for the 25th annual Coats for Kids campaign, in support of the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus, two groups whose many initiatives help to provide a warmer winter for families in need.
On a tip from the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, Executive Director Chris Bayliss hinted that cash donations would be easier to manage this year with a decrease in manpower due to the pandemic. Recognizing the limitations faced by the bureaus and our members to collect coats as many offices are closed due to COVID-19, HAVAN initiated the $25 for 25 Years Campaign with the goal to raise $25,000.00.
Ron Rapp, HAVAN CEO said ‘given it was our 25th anniversary collecting coats, we refused to let the tradition lapse. This is too important of a cause with hundreds of families in need each year.’ Members responded to the challenge noting over the past 25 years, it is estimated that 75,000+ coats for kids and teenagers have been donated.
The silver lining during the pandemic? The additional funds raised! Rapp said, ‘HAVAN knows the power of community, noting $25,000 was a lofty goal, but when broken down into $25 increments, suddenly the challenge became more attainable.’ In addition to reaching the financial goal, 37 members were still able to offer 43 drop-off locations resulting in thousands of new coats being donated too.
Special recognition goes out to the following HAVAN members for their generous cash donations above and beyond the $25 ask:
$1,500 Essence Properties
$1,300 Ikonik Homes
$1,250 Park Ridge Homes
$1,000 each Etheridge Home Renovation, Marcon Construction Ltd., Miracon Development Inc, Morningstar Homes, Townline Homes, Qualico Homes, and Trail Appliances
$ 500 each Colin Griffinson Inc., Designs by KS , Marathon Homes Ltd., Meritage Properties and Red Construction
Thank you also goes to the following HAVAN members for providing drop-off locations, with safety protocols in place, collecting thousands of coats and toys for children of all ages.
Abstract Homes & Renovations Inc.
Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.
Benchmark Homes Ltd.
Best Builders Ltd.
Boffo Developments Ltd.
Capilano Builders Ltd.
Capital Home Energy Inc.
Centra Construction Group
Country Lumber Ltd.
Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies, Burnaby
Dynamic Rentals, North Vancouver
Dynamic Rentals, Port Coquitlam
Elkhorn Construction Ltd.
Etheridge Home Renovation Ltd.
Ethical Flooring Ltd.
Euro-Line Appliances West Inc.
Falcon Homes Ltd.
I-XL Building Products Ltd.
Lower Coast Building Group
maison d’etre design-build inc.
My House Design/Build Team Ltd.
Northwest Design & Drafting
Pacific Rim Cabinets Ltd.
PD Moore Homes Inc.
Phase One Design
Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd.
Preston Mobility Inc.
Rembrandt Renovations Ltd.
Shakespeare Homes & Renovations Inc.
Stor-More Closet & Blinds Ltd.
STOR-X Organizing Systems
Surrey Digital (2009) Ltd.
TQ Construction Ltd.
Trail Appliances Ltd., Coquitlam, Delta, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver
Photos of drop off locations and the cheque presentation can be viewed here.
MEDIA CONTACT: Dawn Sondergaard — 778-373-9783; firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVAN, the Homebuilders Association Vancouver, is over eleven hundred members strong. Recognized as leaders in the homebuilding industry since 1974, our members include builders, developers, renovators, designers, suppliers, sub-trades, and leading professionals. We are an association of knowledgeable, trusted, resourceful and local professionals who build over 65% of Metro Vancouver’s homes.
HAVAN provides both industry and consumer education, and actively liaises with local municipal governments with the focus of meeting Metro Vancouver’s housing needs. A not-for-profit association, HAVAN is proudly affiliated with both the provincial CHBA BC, and national CHBA offices.