Community partners warming homes this winter, looking for support

Above: Wood-piling during a 2018 delivery to a Project Warmth recipient.

MOUNTAIN — Community Food Share (CFS) and House of Lazarus (HOL) have rekindled their annual partnership with Winchester BMR  to provide firewood for families in need this season.

With energy poverty showing no sign of abating locally, demand for the fuel continues as the Heat for the Holidays initiative enters its third year.

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

Ken Boje of Winchester BMR is expected to donate three loads of wood, also contributing his company’s truck and driver to deliver the entire distribution of many more anticipated loads than that.

In 2018, the three entities disbursed 28 one-ton loads of Eco-Energy Logs through Heat for the Holidays, and put more than 200 window insulation kits into the hands of people in need through Project Warmth.  While the window kit numbers were in line with the previous year, the fuel delivery tripled.

And organizers say this year’s number is already higher than 2018 for those food bank clients in need of wood, with the final tally possibly doubling last year’s.

“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,” Ashby 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,” she observed. “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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