From left Beth O'Connor of RBC Angelica Ingram of SIRCH and Gena Robertson SIRCH executive director met on Jan. 7 to celebrate the donation and success of the campaign.

Gifts from the Heart campaign surpasses goal with $1000 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] 4000 lunches that were served the 1000 volunteer [hours] the 1000 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 $1000 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 $31000 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 $30000 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.