Smiles bring in over $24,000 for Health Foundation

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

Team members of the Northern Lights Health Foundation and Tim Hortons locations in Fort McMurray recently gathered to celebrate over $24,000 raised through the 2016 Smile Cookie Campaign. Supplied photo

Team members of the Northern Lights Health Foundation and Tim Hortons locations in Fort McMurray recently gathered to celebrate over $24,000 raised through the 2016 Smile Cookie Campaign. Supplied photo

The Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie Campaign has raised over $24,000 locally for the Northern Lights Health Foundation (NLHF), and representatives are grinning from ear to ear.

The annual campaign runs in the month of September across North America through participating Tim Hortons locations. The cookies (frosted with a happy face) are sold at $1 plus tax each. The franchise donates the full proceeds to support their local charities like hospitals, food banks and children’s programs.

With the Fort McMurray franchises selling over 8,000 more cookies than last year, the 2016 campaign marks a record high.

“The generosity of the people of Fort McMurray has always been something that amazes us. Even after everything they have gone through this year, this was our most successful Smile Cookie Campaign we gave ever had in Fort McMurray. We could barely keep up this year,” said Chris Bigelow, District Manager of Tollcorp Enterprises. “We are glad to be able to do this every year and we are more than willing to put in the work, as all of it goes back into our community and our hospital.”

smilecookiegraphicAccording to a release, the Foundation gives thanks for the campaign’s continued support, as Tim Hortons has partnered with NLHF since 2007. Throughout the years, donations of over $55,000 have been contributed to the Foundation to support residents in the Wood Buffalo region.

“Their support of the Health Foundation’s unrestricted fund provides our organization the means to respond to Wood Buffalo’s most critical health care needs, positively impacting patients and their loved ones,” said Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of NLHF. “We also extend our thanks to every member of the community who bought a Smile Cookie and supported Tim Hortons in this fun and unique initiative.”

– Connect Weekly –