Members of Muskoka Haliburton Orillia – The Lakelands Association of Realtors spent a morning splitting wood recently to help make the pile higher for those in need.

“It seems timely as the nights get colder to make sure we have time to be thankful for our own warm homes,” says Tom Wilkinson, association president. “It seems hard to imagine that there are families in our neighbourhoods who have to make the decision between warmth, food or paying rent.”

Heat Bank Haliburton gathers firewood to distribute to households struggling to keep the heat on. As a member of The Lakelands, local Realtors contribute $ 2 per month to the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation. Heat Bank Haliburton is one of five local charitable organizations chosen to benefit from these funds for this year.

“For a few hours today, we were able to help the Heat Bank get ahead and make sure that the wood these families need is ready to go when they need it,” says Wilkinson. Through late fall to early winter 2014, Heat Bank Haliburton assisted 57 households.