Urban Barn Blankets the Country in Warmth

National retailer kicks off its second annual charitable campaign today and invites Canadians to join them in keeping those in need warm this winter

VANCOUVER, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian furniture and home accent retailer, Urban Barn, invites its customers to join them in keeping those in need warmer this winter for the second year in a row with its "Blanket the Country in Warmth" campaign. Beginning today, with every $5.00 donation, a brand-new Urban Barn fleece blanket will be donated to a local shelter within the community. The initiative will run through December 8 across all 40 Urban Barn retail locations in Canada's five most westerly provinces. This year, Urban Barn hopes to surpass last year's successful campaign donation of 8,000 blankets with a new goal of donating 10,000 blankets with the support of its customers.

"We are proud to roll out 'Blanket the Country in Warmth' for a second year in a row," shares Linda Letts, president, Urban Barn. "As a result of the overwhelming community support last year, we learned that not only is the initiative reflective of whom we are as a company and as individuals, but it's also reflective of our caring customers. We love being active members within our communities, and encourage everyone to join us in supporting the cause again this year."

While Statistics Canada does not collect monthly or annual data on the number of homeless persons in Canada, the heartbreaking truth is evident in shelters across the country. Vancouver's Covenant House and Scarborough, Ontario's Second Base Youth Shelter, for example, continue to receive those in need in record numbers each winter; a pattern repeated night after night, from coast-to-coast, only possible with the assistance of committed staff and caring community partners. With some shelters offering support to women and children while others provide secure shelter exclusively for men, the overarching goal of warmth and safety for all remains the same.

To learn more about "Blanket the Country in Warmth", please visit www.blanketthecountry.com.

To locate an Urban Barn store, please visit www.urbanbarn.com.

About Urban Barn
Canadian retailer Urban Barn offers well-appointed furniture & home accents. With 40 retail locations across the country's five most westerly provinces, the Vancouver-based company first opened its doors in 1990 and continues to pride itself on offering a successful combination of value, quality & great design. For further information visit www.urbanbarn.com.

Image with caption: "Urban Barn employees, Hailey Jaillet and Nikki Gareau proudly posing with two of the 10,000 brand-new fleece blankets that will be donated to local community shelters through the retailer's "Blanket the Country in Warmth" campaign this winter. (CNW Group/Urban Barn)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131115_C7707_PHOTO_EN_33377.jpg

Image with caption: "With every $5.00 donation at Urban Barn stores across Canada through December 8th, a brand-new fleece blanket will be donated to a local community shelter. (CNW Group/Urban Barn)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131115_C7707_PHOTO_EN_33376.jpg

SOURCE: Urban Barn

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For further information or to request an interview with an Urban Barn spokesperson, please contact:

elevator communications inc.  
416.363.6444

Jenn Austin ext. 237
jenn@elevatorinc.com

Jennifer Thompson ext. 225
jennifer@elevatorinc.com


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