Local initiative, Kindling for Kids, presented Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville (CMHLG) with their second $500 donation of the year last week. The effort, which was started by owner of Crackle Pop Kindling, Craig McCormick, began in November of last year. Bags of kindling are sold at various locations in North Grenville and the surrounding area, with proceeds going towards supporting children’s mental health initiatives.

“Children’s Mental Health is grateful for the support from community partners such as Kindling for Kids,” says CMHLG Executive Director, Lorena Crosbie, “Dollars raised through this creative endeavour are helping our at-risk children and youth with needs such as transportation, and we can’t thank Craig enough for his continued commitment and dedication to children and youth living in Leeds and Grenville.”

Owner of the Merrickville Food Market, Dennis Trodden, was on hand to represent the many business owners who have committed to selling the bags of kindling in their stores. The Merrickville Food Market has been a top seller, selling over 200 bags of kindling since November, 2017.

“Anything that goes to a good cause is worth trying out,” Dennis said, when asked why he decided to get involved with Kindling for Kids.

Since it’s inception, the number of businesses selling the bags of kindling has grown, and Craig welcomes new businesses to join in and do their part for the cause. “I always welcome new ideas that can make Kindling for Kids grow,” he says. “No idea is a crazy idea.”

As we head in to the bonfire and camping season, keep Kindling for Kids in mind for your fire-starting needs. Bags can be purchased at: Ultramar Kemptville, Sandy Mountain Campground, Osgoode Foodland, Moonlight Bay Camping, Meunier Firewood, Happy Green Acres Campground, Fallowfield Tree Farm, Merrickville Food Market, Breezy Hill Campground, Summerland Rideau Campground, Mike Deans Super Food Stores, Village Pantry, MacEwan Gas, Wings Bait and Tackle, RB Heating, Heat Source, Shelley’s Kitchen, Rooney Feed Ltd., Pioneer Nursery, Mulligan’s Grocer, Manotick Bait and Tackle, Kemptville Home Hardware, Greenham’s General Store, Bait Castors, Albert’s Meat Shop and Christopher’s Meat Market.

For more information, or to get involved, please contact Craig at 613-277-1106.

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