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Smile Cookies are back supporting local healthcare at GBGH




What’s better than a cookie that tastes good? A cookie that does good!  Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back supporting charities in communities across the country, including Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) – one of 550 Canadian charities, hospitals and community programs supported through the annual campaign.

For one week, from September 14 – 20, the Tim Hortons restaurant owners in Midland, Penetanguishene, Waubaushene and Port Severn will donate the full $1 from every freshly baked chocolate chunk Smile Cookie purchased to help buy Telemetry Packs for the ICU at GBGH.

“The Smile Cookie campaign has provided more than $270,000 to our hospital since 2012, and we are incredibly grateful for the support of our local Tim Hortons restaurants,” says Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation. “Because of this program, we have been able to purchase 24 stretchers for the Emergency Department, renovate patient rooms, purchase 10 IV Infusion Pumps, and so much more.”

This year’s campaign will look a little different, in light of COVID-19 distancing guidelines and face covering requirements, but staff and volunteers from GBGH and the GBGH Foundation will be smiling behind their face coverings as they give their time to help support the campaign.

“There is so much excitement in the community around Smile Cookie week,” says Gail Hunt, president & CEO, Georgian Bay General Hospital.  “Our staff help sell cookies in the restaurant drive-thrus, our volunteers deliver pre-ordered cookies and thousands of local residents support the campaign by buying smile cookies every day.”

The GBGH Foundation is taking pre-orders for cookies, which will be delivered by volunteers throughout the week.  Anyone interested in ordering cookies should contact Christine Baguley, philanthropy officer at the Foundation (baguleyc@gbgh.on.ca or 705-526-1300 ext.5338).  The pre-order form can be found here.

“The real magic behind the Smile Cookie campaign is the local impact and we’re excited to be able to support local charities, hospitals and community programs again this year. Our guests, restaurant owners and their team members can feel incredibly proud knowing that the money raised during the campaign directly supports local Tim Hortons communities.”  – Mike Hancock, Chief Operating Officer, Tim Hortons