Kingston Tim Hortons will support KHSC for 21st year with Smile Cookie campaign

Back row (L-R): (Left to right): Chris Whyman (Kingston Town Crier); Nathan and Kylee Moore (Tim Hortons restaurant owners); Sherri Agnew (Tim Hortons restaurant owner); Dr. Johanne Roberge (Department Head, Child & Youth Psychiatry, KHSC); Nicholas Axas (Program Operational Director, Mental Health & Addiction Care, KHSC); Tom Zsolnay (UHKF President and CEO); Dr. John Leverette (Chair, UHKF Board of Directors); Jason Hann (Executive Vice President Patient Care & Chief Nursing Executive & RVP Cancer Care, KHSC); Ashley Balfour (Tim Hortons restaurant owner); Asher (UHKF mascot).
Front Row (L-R): Harper Russell, Collins Russell, and Peyton Strawbridge.
Photo via UHKF.

Soon, local Tim Hortons will be celebrating Smile Cookie week, in support of child and youth mental health programs at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).

The popular and delicious fundraiser features a chocolate chunk cookie topped with an icing smile, which will be available to purchase from April 29 to May 5, 2024.

According to a release from University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF), each cookie costs $1.50 and every Tim Hortons in Kingston will be generously donating 100 per cent of the proceeds from Smile Cookie sales to child and youth mental health programs at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).

“Everyone gets excited for the Smile Cookie campaign – from our local Tim Hortons managers and team members to our guests. It’s a wonderful opportunity to support our community,” said Sherri Agnew, a Kingston Tim Hortons restaurant owner.

“The Smile Cookie campaign has grown dramatically and we are now part of a national Tim Hortons campaign that has raised more than $90 million for more than 600 local charities and organizations across Canada.”

At the kickoff event, held the morning of Friday, Apr. 19, 2024, Harper Russell, Collins Russell, and Peyton Strawbridge, cookie-loving children of some KHSC staffers, had a chance to decorate their own Smile Cookies, providing significant smiles for all those in attendance.

Left to right: Harper Russell, Collins Russell, and Peyton Strawbridge. Photo via UHKF.

UHKF said this is the 21st year that the local Tim Hortons have designated the proceeds of Smile Cookie Week to KHSC.

Last year, thanks to the incredible commitment of local Tim Hortons team members and enthusiastic community support, the campaign raised a record $230,085, with funds also going to child and youth mental health at KHSC.

“Youth mental health services give struggling kids the tools to create a strong foundation which can lead to a healthy, happy and productive life,” said Nicholas Axas, Program Operational Director of Mental Health and Addiction Care at KHSC.

“Funding these important programs is always a challenge so I want to thank Kingston-area Tim Hortons owners for their support and helping local youth and their families get the mental health care they need to thrive.” 

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