In just seven days, Kingstonians raised a record breaking total of $132,074 through Tim Hortons annual Smile Cookie campaign. This year’s campaign proved to have an unstoppable groundswell of local support for the Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Thanks to the generosity of participating locations in the Kingston area, the commitment of staff and nearly two decades of enthusiastic community support, Tim Hortons has donated more than $830,000 to Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
“We are thankful to every person who buys a cookie. Kingstonians are so generous,” says Cheryl Doornekamp, member, Board of Directors, UHKF. “UHKF is also thankful for the incredible energy and commitment of Tim Hortons owners, managers and frontline staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to make Kingston one of the best in the nation, on a per capita basis, for Smile Cookie sales.”
Proceeds from the annual campaign will be used to purchase life-saving equipment and support the redevelopment of KHSC’s NICU. The cumulative impact, of raising funds and awareness, is helping babies survive at earlier and earlier gestations through new technologies that make better outcomes possible.
"Our community, including the store owners, were energized this year to surpass last year’s total,” says Leanne O’Mara, Tim Hortons Restaurant owner. "We were hoping to surpass the $120,000 mark and together we did it. From the hard-working team members who decorate each cookie by hand, to the guests we serve every day, we're grateful for everyone’s role in making a difference for the babies and their families in the NICU.”
Nationally, the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign also set a new record, with nearly $9.8 million raised on behalf of charities, hospitals and community programs from coast-to-coast-to coast.