Local food banks join forces with Winchester BMR to launch ‘Heat for the Holidays’

Ken Boje.

WINCHESTER—Fall is here and winter is fast approaching, bringing the need for people to heat their homes for comfort, as well as safety, and, in response, House of Lazarus and Community Food Share are partnering with Winchester BMR’s Ken Boje to make things a bit easier over the holiday season for food bank clients who have wood-burning stoves or fireplaces.

Community Food Share and House of Lazarus need the community’s help to make this new initiative, Heat for the Holidays, a success. Donations can be made at House of Lazarus (Mountain), Community Food Share (Morrisburg or Winchester), or at Winchester BMR, which is located at the corner of County Roads 38 and 31 in Winchester.

It takes roughly $63 to buy one week’s worth of wood-burning logs for a local food bank family.

For more information, contact House of Lazarus at 613-989-3830, Community Food Share at 613-898-0781, or Ken Boje at Winchester BMR at 613-774-2700.

House of Lazarus is located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain and its food bank is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Community Food Share has two locations (28 Ottawa St., Morrisburg and 497 May St.,Winchester) and its food banks are open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. CFS also has food cupboards in both Finch and Crysler.

Snowsuit, window-kit funds also revving up

Heat for the Holidays is just the latest Christmas-season charitable endeavour facilitated through Boje’s store. He’s also gearing up as the clearing house for another annual community snowsuit campaign. Coordinated through the North Dundas Christmas Fund — Boje’s a member of the organizing committee — the latest inventory of new suits will arrive at the store today (Nov. 7). Patrons will soon be able to buy or donate toward suits needed by the less fortunate children in North Dundas.

Boje notes that his establishment will again collect donations toward plastic window kits — also stocked at Winchester BMR — to help keep the chills out of homes that can least afford to lose energy.

Warm feelings will also be produced as angel trees go up inside the store and other establishments around the township, to pay for the toys destined for the area’s annual Christmas basket effort.

This holiday season’s charitable initiatives at the store will benefit from a new financial shot in the arm as well, with Boje happy to report that BMR’s corporate office “has allocated some funds to this for the first time” in 2017.

Look for Winchester BMR’s Heat-for-the-Holidays-themed float in this year’s North Dundas Parade of Lights.

Some of the eight skids of fire logs awaiting distribution through Winchester BMR. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News




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