Community partners warm homes this winter

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Community Food Share (CFS) and House of Lazarus (HOL) are partnering with Winchester BMR for the third year in a row to provide firewood for families in need. Ken Boje of Winchester BMR is expected to donate three loads of wood, and will also donate his truck and driver to deliver the wood.

“With the need growing exponentially, we will need donations to supplement this program,” HOL executive director, Cathy Ashby, said.

In 2018, the trio delivered more than 200 window insulation kits to people in need through Project Warmth, and 28 one-ton loads of Eco-Energy Logs through Heat for the Holidays. While the window kit numbers were in line with the previous year, the Heat for the Holidays number tripled.

This year, the number is already higher than last year for those food bank clients in need of wood, and it’s expected that the final tally may double that of 2018.

“Through a recent survey and conversations with food bank clients, it’s clear that the majority are facing major challenges, as their income is no match for their expenses,” Cathy said. “We have clients who wear their winter coats in the house because they can’t afford the heating bill. Our communities have always been so generous. It’s the assistance we receive from our neighbours that allows us to help so many people in need throughout our communities.”

A $20 donation will provide window insulation kits for three families, while a $63 donation will supply a week’s worth of Eco-Energy Logs and a $252 donation will supply a month’s worth of Eco-Energy Logs to a family in need this winter. Donations can be made at any of the following locations, please call for more information: House of Lazarus (613-989-3830), Community Food Share (613-898-0781), and Winchester BMR (613-774-2700). HOL and CFS can give charitable receipts for your donations.

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