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The Heart Project Spreads Love on Thanksgiving Day

Delivery Day with Jackie and Mary. A letter with a positive message written by a Friend is displayed.


A great road trip to spread love wound through Grey Bruce on Thanksgiving Monday. CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) Grey Bruce, together with community champion Mary Sundermeier, noticed that folks in housing programs living with mental illness and addictions might not have been at the top of everyone’s helping radar during the pandemic.

A Community Grant from the Foundation in the spring of 2021 launched The Heart Project kits and many hands helped to fill them with love. Heart shaped stress balls, chocolates, snacks, personal care items, pencil crayons and special Be Well, Be Free t-shirts started the kits. Local Girl Guides created inspirational messages, elementary students wrote letters, OSHaRE added treats, high school co-op students and CMHA staff members all helped get boxes of kits ready for the big day.

On Thanksgiving Monday, the road trip started in Owen Sound with three stops before driving to Ayton, Chesley, Walkerton and back for more in Owen Sound and then Hanover on Tuesday. The hand delivered kits were met with smiles and cheer. Goal Achieved!

“I love that this was a project that not only touched a lot of people but was TOUCHED by a lot of people” says Jackie Ralph of CMHA. “Our reach was incredible! We met and talked to so many amazing people. Thank you (Community Foundation Grey Bruce) for believing in this idea and giving us the start we needed”

If your local nonprofit organization has an idea for a project or program that will improve our community’s vitality, consider applying for a Community Grant through Community Foundation Grey Bruce. Applications are accepted twice a year with deadlines on April 15th and September 15th.

Visit our website for all the details or call Jen Legge, Grants and Donor Relations Coordinator to talk about your project.

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