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Smile cookies make charities happy

By June 26, 2024No Comments
Employees from all Tim Hortons Restaurants in Lloydminster were in the mix at the 50 Ave. south location on June 19 to present $27,345.20 in proceeds from their smile cookie to reps from The Olive Tree and KidSport in equal amounts. Geoff Lee Meridian Source

 

The smile cookie campaign at Tim Hortons restaurants is over, but happy faces prevail.

It was all smiles last Wednesday at the Lloydminster franchise on 50 Ave. where owner Kristine Whitney hosted a donation of $27,345.20 from the total proceeds of smile cookie sales.

Whitney was thrilled to present two equal cheques for $13,672.60 to The Olive Tree and KidSport on behalf of all Tim Hortons restaurant owners in the city.

“We sold cookies, everybody bought them. The proceeds for the sales of the cookies are being donated back,” she said.

This national smile cookie campaign ran from April 29 to May 5 with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to support charities and community groups across Canada.

Local restaurant owners like Whitney get to choose the recipients with The Olive Tree and KidSport their top choices.

“We like what they stand for and how much they do in the community,” she explained.

KidSport chair, Kaley McLeod was happy to say the smile donation will fund registration fees so all kids with financial barriers can afford to play sports.

“It’s absolutely unreal; the support that we’ve gotten through the Tim Hortons Smile Cookies campaign over the past several years is irreplaceable,” said McLeod with a cookie smile of her own.

“We are absolutely honoured to be chosen as a charity once again this year.”

McLeod noted it’s their largest donation of the year and well timed with minor hockey registration underway.

“Year to date, we’ve received over 90 applications to support families which is substantially over last year at the same time,” she said.

McLeod noted KidSport also funded more than 20 different sports with almost $70,000 in grants towards kids’ sports in 2023.

Kimberly Steier, marketing coordinator from The Olive Tree was also sporting a smile to receive an equal share of the smile cookie pot.

“We are so incredibly grateful for this award that our local Tim Hortons has given us with the Smile Cookie campaign,” said Steier.

“That money will go really far in helping feed neighbours’ needs in our community.”