Gifts from the Heart campaign surpasses goal with $1,000 donation
By Sue Tiffin
Published Jan. 15, 2019
Beth O’Connor said she was so inspired by an end-of-year article in the paper detailing the commitment and conviction of volunteers to the SIRCH organization’s Community Kitchen program, that she wanted to help.
“That article was so good, about the [more than] 4,000 lunches that were served, the 1,000 volunteer [hours], the 1,000 containers of applesauce, I just thought, ‘oh my gosh,’” said O’Connor, vice president, investment and wealth advisor for RBC Dominion Securities. “How incredible this little community is in terms of generosity.”
RBC Dominion Securities donated $500 to the local organization, which O’Connor matched herself, for a $1,000 donation.
SIRCH’s Gifts from the Heart campaign, which raises money for much-needed food initiatives in the county, kicked off at the beginning of October and raised almost $31,000 by the end of 2018.
“We got the call at the end of December [from O’Connor] that this had been done, and we were very thankful because our goal was $30,000 to raise for Gifts from the Heart, and this just pushed us over, so it was a very nice Happy New Year present,” said Angelica Ingram, SIRCH communication specialist.