Buy a different kind of gift this year

Christmas … already?

The next big holiday is looming on the horizon … Christmas! Do you love everything about Christmas or do you think the commercialism is just getting over the top? Are there more people on your list who seem to have everything already? Or people you don’t really know well but have to buy a gift for (like your child’s teacher)? Or those folks who you know are going to re-gift your present at the earliest opportunity?

Buy a different kind of gift this year

89% of Canadians ‘agree’ that Christmas is becoming too commercial, and 88% ‘agree’ we need to spend more time at Christmas focusing on those who need help. And a recent Ipsos Reid poll found a staggering 74% of Canadians agree that a charitable donation made in their name instead of receiving a traditional gift makes them feel good.

Ethical giving is catching on. Ethical gifts make a difference. They bring hope, and carry power and meaning. Ethical giving at home weaves a thread of familiarity throughout the members of a community, bringing everyone closer together with the common goal of providing support to one another.

How can I make a difference here at home?

People are constantly amazed to hear that families right in our own county don’t have enough food. At SIRCH, we see families that live on less than $1,000 a month, children who eat cereal with water because their parents can’t afford milk, people who have to choose between heat and food, seniors with completely empty fridges. And the circumstances that result in hunger can happen overnight … a job loss, death of a spouse, a sick child, an injury … there are many reasons people’s circumstances change and they have to struggle. But you can help.

SIRCH started Gifts from the Heart to offer you a way to give a meaningful gift at Christmas that will impact our own community. In the past year, SIRCH has provided over 5,100 free, nutritious meals to those in need, all funded through Gifts from the Heart and other donations! Now that’s a Christmas gift — free, nutritious, home cooked meals to those in need.

To give a Gift from the Heart, click here.

Gifts from the Heart FAQs

What is Gifts from the Heart all about?
Since 1989 SIRCH has been working to address issues that face residents of Haliburton County. We create practical solutions to the issues that affect individuals and families in our own local community – issues like hunger, poverty, poor health, illness, grief. The focus for the 2017 Gifts from the Heart campaign is on providing food to those in need, plus training and supports so people can gain self-confidence, employment skills, and parenting capacity.

Gifts from the Heart Campaign provides:
1. a way to understand the issues facing those who benefit from our services and
2. a concrete way to contribute to the healing, health and safety of your community through your gifts to our organization.

What is ethical giving?
Ethical giving is about giving a gift that truly matters, a gift that brings with it hope and change. Ethical gifts carry power and meaning. Change your community, and change lives – with one gift. When you give a Gift from the Heart, your dollars go to provide nutritious meals, cooking skills, and employment for people in Haliburton County — and these gifts change real lives. 100% of your contribution will go directly into SIRCH programs and you’ll know that you’ve made an investment in programs that offer real solutions and not short term fixes. Your generosity is going to change lives forever.

Will you give me a gift card to send?
When you buy one of these unique gifts, we will send you a card that you can write your own message in and give to your family member, friend or colleague.

Will I get a charitable receipt?
Yes, SIRCH is a registered charity #130588767RR0001 and your gift is considered a donation. You will receive a charitable receipt for gifts of $20 or more.

Thank you for supporting Gifts from the Heart!

Six Week Work Readiness Program for Moms

The first 5 moms who sign up for the Work Readiness Program will receive a $20 Foodland gift card!

2017 Coat Drive

Donate your gently used, clean coats and other outerwear items to help those in need this winter!

coat drive poster Nov. 2017

Do you have extra vegetables to share?


SIRCH is able to sustain their Community Kitchen program year after year thanks to donations of food and money offered by our community and with a great deal of help from our valued volunteers.

Each month, SIRCH volunteers produce over 300 meals that help support food security in Haliburton County, and that number is only going to grow. Meals are made in an approved kitchen with healthy ingredients, no added preservatives or sodium and are often made with locally grown vegetables. Every meal captures the laughing, caring and love that volunteers and the coordinator bring to their cooking days.

If you grow fresh vegetables, fruit or other food and would like to donate a portion to Community Kitchen, or if you would like to volunteer with SIRCH to help in Community Kitchen, please call Diane McKnight at 705-457-1742.