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Become a Champion


Meet your philanthropic and community outreach goals by helping us provide children and youth living in low-income households the opportunities and resources they need to learn and grow, so they can help build a better tomorrow.

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In 2016, Frank Nelson’s dream of providing necessities free of charge to low income families came true and Glowing Hearts Charity was born. What started as a simple concept: “give what you can and take what you need” has evolved over the years — so even though the donation centre has since closed, a great future lies ahead for the charity.

Today, as a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization; the Board wants to ensure that Frank’s vision stays at the forefront by facilitating hope and help in our community.


  • 108,305 children and youth aged 0 to 19 years lived in Simcoe County.

  • 16% of children in Simcoe County under the age of 5 were in low-income households.

  • The percent of children under the age of 5 living in low-income households rose sharply from 12.1% in 2005 to 16% in 2015.

  • 9,575 children and youth aged 6 to 17 years were in low-income households.

  • In the City of Barrie, 1,710 children under 5 years of age were living in a low-income household (2.2% higher than the county average).

  • In the City of Barrie, 3,335 children aged 6 to 17 years, were in low-income households (0.9% higher than county average).

  • Among the 78,945 children aged 0 to 14 years, 20.4% were living with a single parent, and 12% were part of a stepfamily.

  • Low-income household rate for children and youth was 13.7%, compared to 11.4% for the total population.

  • Lone-parent family or stepfamilies increased to 34.6% among children aged 5 to 9 years.

  • Lone-parent family or stepfamilies increased 39% among children 10 to 14 years.

  • While children made up a smaller proportion of the low-income population, the incidence of living in a low-income household remained higher for children than the all-ages population in 2015.

Source: 2018 Child, Youth and Family Profile– Simcoe County

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