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“Heat for the Holidays” delivers just in time for Christmas

WINCHESTER— Eight families will be a little bit warmer this winter.

Winchester BMR, with the assistance of both House of Lazarus (HOL) and Community Food Share (CFS), spearheaded a campaign this holiday season to ensure several local food bank families would have roughly a month’s worth of fuel for their fireplaces and woodstoves this Christmas.

A crew of six delivered eight one-ton loads of Eco-Energy Logs to locations throughout Dundas County Wednesday, December 20. Winchester BMR owner Ken Boje was accompanied by BMR employee Steve Dejong, HOL volunteer David Carkner, CFS volunteer John Legate, and HOL employees Jacob Gagnon and Sandy Casselman.

“Our recent Linking Hands housing survey showed that 77 per cent of respondents listed Hydro costs as one of their biggest housing-related issues,” Casselman said. “The families we met during the delivery process were relying on fireplaces and woodstoves to keep them from needing to use their electric heat, whether it was forced air electric or baseboard heaters. Those I spoke with said they didn’t know how they would deal with the large Hydro bills if and when they need to turn the electric heat on to battle the deep chill of winter.”

One recipient said before the arrival of the “Heat for the Holidays” delivery, they had only two weeks of firewood left before it was going to be necessary to resort to electric heat. With tears of gratitude, this same recipient, who wished to remain anonymous, said the delivery was a Godsend, Casselman said.

Several other recipients had similar things to say, she added, noting that many said the delivery was like a “weight off their shoulders.”

Each household received 84 boxes of the Eco-Energy Logs and each 24-lb box contained eight 100-per-cent-hardwood logs. The length of burning time depends on many variables, including type of wood-burning appliance to the size of the room/house and amount of insulation.

Winchester BMR is donating the cost of half of fire logs delivered to the campaign, while the other half (priced at a special fundraising cost) will be paid for through donations, which are still being accepted at the locations listed here. 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.

“With a clear need for this service, we are hoping to be able to do this again next year,” Casselman said. “Hopefully we will be able to help more families in 2018.”

About Community Food Share

HOL is a community outreach mission focused on helping society’s vulnerable sector in an assortment of ways, from providing food, clothing, and household goods to ensuring opportunities for social interaction, education, and training. HOL, through its Linking Hands initiative, is also a strong advocate for the reduction and eventual elimination of poverty.

About House Of Lazarus

Community Food Share is a registered charity created to help fight hunger in our community. We distribute food and sundries from two food banks in Morrisburg and Winchester and food cupboards in Finch and Chrysler to individuals and families in Dundas and Stormont Counties.

About Winchester BMR

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Winchester BMR is a family owned and operated full line home renovation, décor and agricultural retail outlet in Winchester, Ontario. Winchester BMR works with many local charities and service groups to help facilitate fundraising and support with our local trading area.

Winchester BMR, House of Lazarus, and Community Food Share delivered eight one-ton loads of Eco-Energy Logs to eight food bank families through the Heat for the Holidays campaign Wednesday, December 20, 2017. 

BMR covered half the cost of the delivered logs, while the other half (at a special fundraising price) will be covered through donations, which are still being accepted at all three locations: BMR, House of Lazarus, and Community Food Share.

Depending on several barriers, each load delivered should provide roughly one month’s worth of heating fuel for each family.

Pictured: HOL employee Jacob Gagnon (ground level, left), BMR employee Steve Dejong, and CFS volunteer John Legate. Standing in back are BMR owner Ken Boje (left) and HOL volunteer David Carkner.

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Winchester BMR is a proud supporter of many community groups and events.

We welcome you to visit some of the groups and events that we support by visiting the links below:

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Ottawa Valley Farm Show

Winchester Curling Club, Ontario

Winchester Curling Club

Linking Hands, Ontario

Linking Hands

View the Linking Hands Facebook Page! Read about us in the Winchester Press.

Maple Weekend, Sweet Ontario, Ontario

Ontario Maple Syrup Producers

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International Plowing Match & Rural Expo

Community Food Share, Ontario

Community Food Share

(formerly Dundas County Food Bank)

Winchester BMR Christmas Fund, Ontario

North Dundas Christmas Fund

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