/Birdhouses bring bucks for banks
Tom Burke meets with Judy MacDuff at the Haliburton 4Cs to donate $500 to the organization’s efforts raised through Burke’s birdhouse project in which he sells handcrafted birdhouses curbside for a donation to local food banks.

Birdhouses bring bucks for banks

By Sue Tiffin

Tom Burke’s birdhouse project raising funds for local food banks hasreached a $1000 milestone only 18 days after he set the goal ofdoubling his initial donation.

“I got a little emotional that’s a biggie” said Burke from his Minden home.

After collecting $500 for the Minden Food Bank through selling colourfulbirdhouses that he began making in his downtime at home during the start of the pandemic Burke focused on raising the same amount for theHaliburton Food Bank which he accomplished in less than three weeks.He’s sold about 50 birdhouses by donation with many people offeringabout $20 or $25 to his efforts in exchange for his handcrafted woodencreations.

Burke said the work “sometimes gets monotonous but I know it’s going to a good thing” and said it “keeps me out of my wife’sway.”
Next Burke has set his sights on raising $500 for SIRCH Community Services.

He thanked Timber Mart for supplying materials for the birdhouse projectCanoe FM and coverage in the Haliburton Echo Minden Times and CountyLife for getting the word out there and anyone who had stopped by tooffer support.
“I’m stunned I’m proud I’m humbled” said Burke.
Burke can be reached at 705-286-4168 to arrange a curbside visit.