Tim Hortons' smile cookies still putting smiles on faces

By Geoff Smith
February 5, 2016 - 5:53pm Updated: February 6, 2016 - 9:53am

They were sold back in September, but Tim Hortons’ smile cookies had a lot of people smiling Friday, Feb. 5, in Battleford.

The annual campaign raised $10,500 for the Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation (BUHF), an amount that amazed the foundation’s executive director, Claudette McGuire.

“We’re very appreciative of the community for supporting this campaign and of course we’re very appreciative of the three local Tim Hortons,” McGuire said after franchise owners Brett and Marion Michnik presented the cheque at the Battleford location. They own two of the three Tim Hortons in the Battlefords.

“I gave a call to Brett and Marion, and (Brett’s) like, ‘hey, let’s put you on for the Smile Cookie campaign,’” he said.

The proceeds have been put towards Simulated Impaired Driving Experience (SIDNE). A modified go-kart is used in the hospital’s Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY), an educational program to show high school students how impairment affects driving ability.

“We’re very happy with the way it went, and the turnout, for sure,” Marion said.

“The local Tim Hortons here, the three of them, you see their name everywhere,” McGuire said. “We’re really proud to be associated with them.”

“A lot of people probably don’t know this, but they provide all the brewers and all the coffee for all of our palliative care rooms up on third floor at BUH and they’ve been doing that for years now.”

McGuire added Tim Hortons also sponsors the Festival of Trees fundraiser.

Tim Hortons locations across Canada donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the $1 Smile cookies to local charities. Since 1996, the campaign has raised $53 million across Canada.


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