MOUNTAIN — Children in Dundas County have stayed warm this winter thanks to the local United Way and a grant successfully landed by the House of Lazarus.
The United Way of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, provided approximately 120 snowsuits to kids in need, a $4,000 value split evenly between snowsuit funds in North Dundas and South Dundas. An additional $1,000 went to Heat for the Holidays, which provides eco-energy pressed wood logs to heat people’s homes.
The total $5,000 grant came from the COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund, established by Employment & Social Development Canada. House of Lazarus (HOL) successfully applied for the money, which was then distributed by the United Way.
“The snowsuit funds came up short because the pandemic made typical fundraising very difficult,” noted Cathy Ashby, HOL Executive Director. “We recognized that there would be a greater need for those programs and wanted to ensure the money was available to provide enough snowsuits for local families.”
Ashby says it’s important for the community to stick together through difficult times. “The HOL was happy to secure this grant on behalf of the community and we know those dollars made a big difference in people’s lives.”