Windsor Star

Lowe's boosts kids charity

$10,000 donation to help local chapter build beds


Sleep in Heavenly Peace Windsor-essex has been given $10,000 by Lowe's Canada to help support their quest to ensure local underprivi­leged children have proper beds to sleep in.

“We are immensely grateful to count on a major partner such as Lowe's Canada to help us set up our chapter with the right tools so that we are ready to start building beds when COVID-19 restrictio­ns are lifted,” said Brian Cyncora, founder and president of SHP Windsor-essex.

“We firmly believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support of a child and that a good night's rest is key in helping children take on the many challenges that each day brings, as well as creating a solid foundation on which to build a bright future.”

Cyncora and his wife, Terry, founded the local chapter of the internatio­nal charity Sleep in Heavenly Peace this past September.

The chapter brings together volunteers to build and deliver handmade beds, new mattresses and bedding to underprivi­leged children.

If the Public Health COVID-19 restrictio­ns permit it, SHP Windsor-essex will hold its annual Bunks Across Canada build day in September 2021.

The donation from Lowe's will be used to buy the tools and materials needed to start building the chapter's first 100 beds for local children.

“We are thrilled to support the opening of a new chapter of SHP, a charity whose work has positive impacts that go far beyond the children who receive beds. It fosters a sense of service and community spirit of which we could all use a little more in these trying times,” said Jean-sébastien Lamoureux, Lowe's Senior Vice-president, Public Affairs, Asset Protection & Sustainabl­e Developmen­t.

Lowe's, which also operates the Rona brand, previously had banded together with its employees at its four Winnipeg stores to raise $49,000 for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

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