Smile cookies return
Merrittonians will have the opportunity to satisfy their sugar cravings and support a good cause by purchasing a Tim Hortons Smile Cookie this week.
As in the past, local restaurant owners will donate the entire proceeds from the sale of the Smile Cookies to the Nicola Valley and District Food Bank.
“Tim Hortons is thrilled to support the Food Bank with the funds raised and bring smiles to so many people’s faces,” said Merritt Tim Hortons owner Eric Weiser.
“We welcome everyone to come in this week to buy a delicious freshly-baked Smile Cookie in support of a great cause.”
The fundraiser, which started yesterday (Monday), will continue for one week. Each cookie costs $1 plus tax, with $1 going to the food bank.
Last year raised nearly $5,000 and Weiser is hoping to meet or exceed that amount.
“It’s getting tougher each year, but there is a big need for the food bank and if we can do that, it will be great,” he said.
Sometimes businesses buy the smiling chocolate chunk cookies for their employees, or parents by them to share with their children’s class, Weiser said.
And for those who choose to forgo the cookie, he suggests making a donation instead.
The Smile Cookie tradition was organized in 1996 as a way to raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario and has grown into a major fundraising event benefiting local charities across North America. Last year, the campaign raised $4 million and supported 345 local charities.