The 17th annual Coats for Kids campaign, organized by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders= Association (GVHBA), resulted in the collection of more than 3,000 winter coats, sweaters, scarves and mitts for needy children, teens and adults. Toys were also donated.

More than 38 GVHBA-member companies as well as several schools and sports teams allowed their premises to be used as drop-off locations in 14 municipalities from Nov. 19 to Dec. 7. Their involvement will help to ensure a brighter B and warmer B holiday season for many families in this region.

The clothing and toys will be distributed by the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and various agencies throughout the Greater Vancouver Area. Many of the adult-sized coats will be distributed through agencies which specifically assist homeless adults.

The response to Coats for Kids was phenomenal. We applaud our participating members and the men, women and children throughout the Lower Mainland who contributed good-quality winter apparel, including some brand new items. The Christmas spirit was alive in the hearts of those generous people,@ said GVHBA Chief Executive Officer Bob de Wit.