Cookie campaign aids local children

From left, Mike Genge, president of the Foundation of the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent; Jessica Pritchard, Guy Pritchard and Paula Grail, Tim Hortons owners, celebrating the more than $36,000 raised through local Smile Cookie sales in just one week in Chatham-Kent. The funds help fuel treatment centre programs.

One week and more than $36,000 later, the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign brought tons of smiles to the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent.

The campaign, from Sept. 13-19, supported charities in communities across the country, including the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent.

During that week, local Tim Hortons owners, the Pritchard family and Mike and Paula Grail donated local proceeds from every Smile Cookie sale towards the CTC Foundation. Recently, they presented the CTC with a donation in the amount of $36,103.

Not all services at the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent are covered by government funding. Programs such as social work, therapeutic recreation services and music therapy are all funded by the CTC Foundation. Funds raised from the Smile Cookie Campaign will go towards providing programing and therapy for children that attend the centre.

The CTC served more than 5,000 children in 2020, which equals to one in every five Chatham-Kent children.

Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie campaign began in 1996 as a way to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital, and has grown to become a major fundraising event at Tim Hortons restaurants.


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