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To disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing programs that reduce barriers and support the mental health, growth, and development of school-age children and youth in Simcoe County.


All school-age children and youth in Simcoe County have access to resources and opportunities to reach their full potential.

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We respect and care deeply about those we serve, see the potential in all children, and are committed to providing dignified access to our programs.


We value and embrace each other’s individuality and encourage and respect all forms of diversity.


We demonstrate the courage and curiosity to challenge the status quo in everything we do to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.


We are responsive to our clients and the community, acting responsibly, with integrity and transparency.


We build relationships and work with community partners to foster a kinder, more compassionate community to enrich young people’s lives.

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How Glowing Hearts Began

After being diagnosed as terminally ill with cancer in 2013, Frank began a bucket list journey. This bucket list consisted of initiatives to help others in need. One item on this list was a concept that revolved around the idea "Give what you can, and get what you need". The registered charity called the Glowing Hearts Community Give & Get Centres was established. Previously the centre has given away approximately 12,000 items to over 1,500 people each month.

What started as a simple concept: “give what you can and take what you need” has evolved into what Glowing Hearts Charity is today... a thriving organization that supports children and youth in need across Simcoe County.

Today, as a grassroots, completely volunteer-run organization, the Board continues to ensure that Frank’s vision stays at the forefront by facilitating hope and help in our community with a focus on reducing the many financial burdens that low-income families face.

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Frank Nelson

June 3, 1956-December 8, 2017




Meet Our Summer Students

"I just wanted to touch base with you in regards to NAME's assessment and say thank you! The team at Lakeview were amazing. They were able to confirm and validate the things I have been seeing in Francesca for so many years. To be told, I'm not crazy truly makes me feel sad yet relieved all at the same time.  I hope now, NAME can get the help she deserves through school. None of this would have been possible without you and the amazing things you are doing with Glowing Hearts. Know that you truly are an angel here on earth and helping others is truly your calling. Sending you a huge hug from NAME and I." -2024 parent of psychoeducational assessment

"I wanted to let you know that at our year-end meeting, the boys teachers have assessed them at grade level! (Very low end of it) but much better than a few years behind! Tara is a miracle worker! They have made tremendous progress and even the school said their reading levels went up quicker than normal"-parent

"Glowing Hearts is best at identifying the true needs of families and addressing them, more actively and pragmatically than any other charity or support I've come across."

-community organization

"Serving those who are really in need. Glowing Hearts is a frontline on the ground organization that truly serves the community." -community organization

“Thank you so much for funding this amazing opportunity for families. Accessing social services has become extremely difficult over the past few years, with severely backed up wait lists, not to mention the huge financial barrier for many families. I am thanking you not just for my own family, but for every child and family who needs and deserves access to counselling and support. The need for access to these supports is greater than ever due to the mental health toll that covid has had on all of us, especially our children. Bless you for supporting families in your community.”

-parent of a child who received counselling


Our success in helping the children and youth vulnerable to poverty has been made possible thanks to people just like you. With your generous contribution, no matter how great or small, we are able to truly make a difference. We are grateful for any help you can provide, and guarantee it will change lives for the better.





Barrie Legion 147

Jack Garner Foundation

​Kempenfelt Rotary Club



24 Good Deeds

Busch Systems

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Tyler Prescott

William Coleman


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Divya Awasthi

Shelley Black

Domenic D'Addio

John Ewen

Modern Music Barrie

Simcoe IT Solutions

Trish Beesley Photography


Anonymous (11)

Chris Allen

Frank Astri

Attitude Print

Jessica Avery

In Memory of Susanne Bennett

Stephanie Brady, Assisting You Social

Su Cadogan

Michelle Castano

Sharon Clarke

Danaj Family

Laura Facca

Jeff Garner in honour of Brian Sullivan

Jennifer Gignac

Karen H.

Lisa Hutchinson

Roberta Hochman

Bruce MacGillivray - Instant Imprints Barrie

Keith Lindsay

Pam McCloskey

Newman Accounting

Kim Redmond

Lee Rinkoff

Rachel S.

Oneib Saeed

In Honour of the Staff at Steele Street Public School

Dave Stewart

Nancy & Craig Truscott

Phil von Kaufmann

Western Financial Group

Catharine Webster in honour of Isla and Archer

Jenn Williams



Apotex Inc.

GCBB Auto Ltd O/A Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC

Metropolitan Toronto Shinglers in memory of Stanley Shewell

Ripple of Kindness Barrie


Anonymous (1)

Barrie Colts Foundation

CIBC Mellon​


Pavlik Foundation

Rotary Club of Barrie

Well-Being Canada


Anonymous (2)

Canada Protection Plan, a Foresters Financial Company

The Cutting Edge Salon & Spa

Divya Awasthi

Domenic D'Addio Realty Inc.

Gateway Casinos Innisfil through the GatewayGives program

Hydro One Forestry

Jack Garner Foundation

James A. Burton & Family Foundation

Kempenfelt Rotary Club

KIS Technologies

Meridian Bayfield Branch

Midland Canadian Tire

Midland Lions Club


North Barrie Market Wing Night Guys

Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach

RTOERO District 17

Sam Sorbara Charitable Foundation in honour of Steven Robertson

Tyler's Tree Services


Anonymous (5)

Advocis Simcoe Muskoka

Assisting You Social

Judy Cathcart


In honour of an unknown homeless women

Innovative Automation Inc.

iSO Design

Krazy Binz Barrie

Lakeview Psychology

Monica Goodfellow

Jeannie Mills

Rob Newman

Penetanguishene Lions Club

Rotary Club of Orillia

Simcoe County Elementary Teachers' Federation


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Advantage HR

Accounting Essentials Plus

Robin Baird

Bruce MacGillivray Instant Imprint

Bulldog Property Management Group

Stephanie Brady, Assisting You Social

Anna Candelino (in support of Vince & family from Maple Grove P.S. staff)

Janice Coutts

Jenn Belbeck-Cragg

Crystal Benjafield

Su Cadogan

Mike Campbell

Samantha Cave

Jennifer Cheesman

Tom Coon
Copeland Creek Community

Lisa Creighton

Judit DellAnno & Lisa Hutchinson

Rick Earhart Western Financial Group

Ellie (in grade 2)

Exceptional Touch Cleaning

Sarah Fleming

Jeff & Marilyn Garner

Global Payments

Louise Gravelle & Lee Miller

Laurena Green

Green/Clarke family & friends

Danny Gregoric

Adam Grose

 Janice Stone Life Coach

Jessica Hendriks

Jennifer Ives

Joe's No Frills

Robert Johnston

Wendy Keegan

Aaron & Jennifer Kell

Joan Kennedy

Sylvie Labrosse

Eileen Leversedge

MA Customized Mortgage Strategies

Mike Holmes Inspections - Simcoe County

Annelise Mota

Kai O'Brien

Stephanie Pellow

Lindsay Percy

Newman Accounting Professional Corporation

Nouvelle Alliance Religion Class Students: 

Megann Nkenglack, Mya Cartwright, Emma Jacques

Darryl Paul

John & Margaret Potts (in honour of Joanne Potts & the Simcoe Youth Choir)

Rob Newman Sr.

Simcoe IT Solutions

Brett Restemayer

Steve & Maxine Robertson

Amanda Roes in memory of Steve Slaughter

Cheryle Russell

Mallory Steele

Tayler Insurance & Estate Planning

Trish Beesley Photography

Phil von Kaufmann

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