A local fundraising effort celebrated a milestone on Friday with a $500 donation to Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville (CMHLG). Kindling for Kids was started by retired OPP Sergeant, Craig McCormick, last November, in an effort to raise money and awareness for children’s mental health. The bags of Crackle Pop Kindling, which are available at many local gas stations and stores in Kemptville and the surrounding area, sell for five dollars each, with the majority of the proceeds going towards the initiatives of CMHLG. In just three months, just over 500 Kindling for Kids bags were sold.
“We would like to thank Craig for his donation,” says Stephen Elliott, Vice-Chair of CMHLG. “It will help provide transportation for clients and resources to help support what the agency does.” He says they are also thankful for the awareness that the initiative brings to the need to support the mental health of children and youth.
Craig says he is thankful for everyone in the community who sold or bought bags of kindling and helped Kindling for Kids reach this milestone. Stinson’s gas station in Kemptville has been a particularly good point of sale and Craig says they deserve recognition for their community caring philosophy. “It’s a very good cause,” says Carrie Richard, the manager of Stinson’s. “Children’s mental health is very important.”
Although the donation is something to celebrate, Craig says he has no intent of stopping now. There are mental health wellness services that offer amazing programs in this area. However, these programs require money, and government funding is often not enough for them to reach their full potential. Donating to organizations like CMHLG is being part of the solution; making sure the services are available and accessible for those that need it.
Craig would like to encourage anyone who uses kindling on a regular basis to pick up a bag of Crackle Pop Kindling and support children’s mental health services in their area. He also challenges every store owner, group, or club to come up with their own ways of fundraising for the cause. If you are not in the market for kindling, Craig says donations can also be made through him to CMHLG.
“Collectively we need to realize that mental health issues are present and real,” Craig says. “It is an awesome pro-active choice to be part of the solution in helping people that need services.”
The businesses who are currently offering Kindling for Kids are: Stinsons (Kemptville), Ultramar (Kemptville), Rooney Feeds ltd. (South Gower Park), Shelley’s Kitchen (Heckston), Pioneer Nursery (Kemptville), Albert’s Meat Shop (Kemptville), RB Heating (Kemptville), The Heat Source (Kemptville), Pure Lotus Wellness Centre (Kemptville), Food Market (Merrickville), Greenham’s General Store (North Augusta), Wings Bait and Tackle (Lyndhurst), Manotick Bait and Tackle, That Hunting Store (Richmond), Bait Casters (Carleton Place), Mike Deans Super Food Stores (Chesterville), MacEwen Petroleum/Bayview Convenience (Johnstown) and The Village Pantry (Spencerville).
If you are a business who would like to participate contact Crackle Pop Kindling at 613-277-1106.