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 God-send, 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.”