Help needed: Heat for the Holidays sees 40 percent demand uptick

The Editor:

I am sending you a message on behalf of Linking Hands/House of Lazarus/Community Food Share seeking your assistance in helping to raise awareness of the “Heat For The Holidays” program that is in its third year of operation, and in need of donation assistance.

We need to now raise the funds to pay for the Eco-logs and need to get the word out to the public and business communities as the demand/need has grown 40 percent over the 2018 numbers.

The store has been working with these organizations on a number of projects over the last few years and last year initiated the Heat For The Holidays program, which came as an extension of Linking Hands “Project Warmth” program where plastic window seal kits are distributed to families in need to help keep the heat in their homes. The first year we delivered eight one-ton skids of Eco fire logs to families in desperate need for heating over the Christmas season (two additional skids delivered in January 2018). In some cases they were down to last day’s supply of wood or were going to have to run expensive electric heaters. Many wear winter coats in their homes. One skid of the Eco logs will last approximately one month which helps to get the families get through what can be a very stressful time of year. In last year’s (2018/19) campaign, 28 families were assisted throughout the winter season, with 24 skids delivered the week prior to Christmas and four more in January and February of 2019

Working with our BMR vendor suppliers and our corporate buying office we (Winchester BMR) purchase the logs at a much reduced costing for the campaign, warehouse and flow through at our landed cost to the organizations listed above. The Store also donates three skids to the cause as well as providing our trucks, warehousing, and staffing along with volunteers to deliver the Eco logs. The deliveries are scheduled for December 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 as there are 32-plus families registered so far for the program this year — with that number expected to grow as high as 45 families.

To assist, contact the House of Lazarus, 613-989-3830 (Cathy Ashby or Sandy Casselman, also Linking Hands); Community Food Share, 613-898-0781 (Jane Schoones); or Winchester BMR, 613-774-2700 (Ken Boje).

Ken Boje


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