PROJECT WARMTH: Keeping Cornwall and area at a safe temperature

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BY Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – As flurries of arctic winds and frigid temperatures descend upon the region, many families in need are stuck without a warm place to stay.

This cold, hard fact prompted the Social Development Council (SDC) of Cornwall and Area to heat things up with Project Warmth.

Ten local businesses and agencies helped raise $2,625 to purchase 479 window insulation kits for clients of the Salvation Army and Agape Centre.

The project is designed to help local low-income families weather costs during the home heating season.

"Due to their limited income and added difficult living conditions, they often cannot afford the proper insulation for their homes," said Alex de Wit, the council's executive director. "This results in an uncomfortable living environment which negatively affects the health of all family members and causes an unfortunate cycle of additional expenses."

Participants include MP Guy Lauzon, MPP Jim McDonell, Home Depot, le Centre de Santé Communautaire de L'Estrie, Notman Chrysler, Job Zone d’Emploi, Markell Homes, Seaway Express, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre and Counselling and Support Services of SD&G.

"Hopefully, the success of this year’s Project Warmth will act as a springboard for the project to grow and expand over the next couple of years,” said de Wit.

For more information, click here.

Organizations: Social Development Council of Cornwall, Salvation Army, Agape Centre Home Depot Support Services

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