September 09, 2016 - 10:40 AM
KELOWNA - Helping a child in need is as easy as giving a smile. Running from Sept. 12 to 18, Tim Hortons guests can purchase a freshly baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie for $1 at participating restaurants throughout the Central Okanagan, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Healthy Snack Program.
“We are proud of the joy that our annual Smile Cookie Campaign continues to bring to the community,” Kelowna Tim Hortons restaurant owner, Chris Chapman said. “We’re encouraging Central Okanagan residents to visit their local Tim Hortons to purchase a cookie that will ultimately make the difference in the life of a child participating in the YMCA’s Child Care programs.”
“These funds ensure that all children in YMCA Child Care have access to healthy snacks in their daily diet,” Colleen Keeler of YMCA said. “We have many kids in our programs who come to us without eating breakfast or adequate snacks throughout the day. Some parents cannot afford to provide their kids with proper nutrition, and these dollars are critical in ensuring every child has access to the nourishment that helps them learn, grow and thrive.”
The Smile Cookie campaign began in 1996 as a way to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario and has grown to become a major fundraising event at Tim Hortons Restaurants.
Last year, the Smile Cookie campaign raised $6.3 million across Canada and 460 local charities, hospitals and community programs were supported. In the Central Okanagan, local Tim Hortons Restaurant owners generously donated $35,000 to the Y’s Strong Kids Healthy Snacks program.
About the YMCA of Okanagan:
The YMCA of Okanagan is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community by nurturing the potential of others, promoting healthy living, and fostering social change and responsibility. The Y is reliant on the generous support from the community in order to provide programs and services to local children, youth, seniors and families. To learn more about the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign contact Rhonda Zakala at 250-491-9622 ext. 304.
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