Duradek – Keeping Decks and Kids Dry with the GVHBA Coats for Kids Campaign

At Duradek, we’ve been protecting decks from moisture for decades.

Even though it is not peak decking season, coming into winter is one of our favorite times of year because it is when our mission of keeping decks dry and protected from moisture is fulfilled.

It is also the time of year where we can help keep kids dry and protected too by supporting the GVHBA Coats for Kids campaign.

Duradek Proudly Supports GVHBA Coats for Kids

Duradek is a family owned and operated local Lower Mainland business who cares about families. We get a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that what we do helps keeps families homes’ protected and gives them a special place to enjoy quality time together. We also care about our community and like to show our support to those who may be facing challenging times or are less fortunate in their circumstances.

That’s why, as a member of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association (GVHBA), Duradek is proud to take part in the annual Coats for Kids program as a drop-off location for people to donate lightly used and new coats. Since 1995, this heartwarming program has supported the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus, serving families in need.

The current campaign runs through the month of November 2018 and Duradek is one of 60 GVHBA member companies offering drop-off locations across 12 municipalities.
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More than just keeping a child warm, every coat donated warms the hearts of many people along the way.

Each year, the GVHBA organizes Coats for Kids to help gather new or gently used coats and blankets for families who do not have access to them This sharing of a little warmth and kindness in the cold winter months is a simple way to give yourself the gift of giving. Donations of unwrapped gifts also help to spread a little Christmas cheer to those less fortunate and put some smiles on children’s faces for a happy holiday.

These gently used and new coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and new toys for distribution to children of all ages brought some holiday happiness to families that have challenges for some of the basic necessities that many of us take for granted. Give yourself some warm-fuzzy feelings by giving something warm and fuzzy for a kid who needs it.

Donation Tips

Coats for teens are always in high demand. Even though some teens fit adult sizing, the coats need to appeal to their age group (hoodies are always a popular choice). Buying new items for donations is also an option, along with donating scarves, hats, gloves, and new unwrapped toys (hockey sticks, soccer and basketballs, and art supplies are always a hit). Items for kids between the ages of 12-17 are always particularly needed.

duradek-locationIf you’d like to take part, you can drop off your donation at Duradek’s head office during the campaign.

Location: 8288 129 Street, Surrey, BC
When: Nov. 5/18 – Nov. 29/18 – Monday to Friday (between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm only.)

Follow the Coats for Kids campaign on GVHBA social media: #Coats4Kids @GVHBA

 

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John Ogilvie, president of Duradek, adding his contribution to the Coats for Kids donations.

The Coats for Kids program is in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau which has been helping less fortunate families celebrate Christmas since 1930. Their mission is to empower families in need to create Christmas experiences for their kids through the generosity of the community. Visit their site for more information and to see the top Christmas Wishes if you would like to donate.

 

The 2017 GVHBA Coats for Kids

The 2017 Coats for Kids campaign was a huge success. Lower Mainland residents donated more than 6,500 items through 95 drop-off location from 63 GVHBA participating members. This year, all donations were gathered for one gigantic donation and celebration at the annual Wrap Up Party. What a great way to celebrate the spirit of giving and to support the Surrey Christmas Bureau and Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

The 2016 GVHBA Coats for Kids

The response to the 2016 Coats for Kids campaign was a resounding success with more than 3,600 items donated. These gently used and new coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and new toys for distribution to children of all ages brought some holiday happiness to families that have challenges for some of the basic necessities that many of us take for granted. What an easy way to give yourself some warm-fuzzy feelings by giving something warm and fuzzy for a kid who needs it. The campaign ran from November 14 through December 1st. Duradek was proud to be one of 50 GVHBA member companies offering 63 drop-off locations.

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 Darren Cranston of Polygon Homes.

Speaking with the Vancouver Christmas Bureau Executive Director Chris Bayliss, he said, “this year, in particular, we are seeing more demand with the increase in refugees, and migration of workers and their families from Alberta, noting all those in need provide income statements and proof of residency.”

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

Coats for teens are always in high demand. Even though some teens fit adult sizing, the coats need to appeal to their age group (hoodies are always a popular choice). Buying new items for donations is also an option, along with donating scarves, hats, gloves, and new unwrapped toys (hockey sticks, soccer and basketballs, and art supplies are always a hit).

The 2015 GVHBA Coats for Kids

This year marked the 20th annual GVHBA Coats for Kids campaign and the theme was “20 Days of Giving”. The items most needed for 2015 were coats and jackets for Tweens and Teens. The campaign ran from November 13th to December 2nd. The generosity of Lower Mainland residents contributed to gathering more than 3,000 gently used and new coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and new toys for distribution to children of all ages.

The 2014 GVHBA Coats for Kids

The 2014 GVHBA Coats for Kids campaign had a theme: Zippers Zipping, Buttons Buttoning and Hoodies for Teens. The campaign took place November 24 – December 4, 2014. The heartwarming response to Coats for Kids was evident with the collection of more than 4,000 coats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and new unwrapped, toys from 46 member companies across 67 locations.

 

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