Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign raises a record $108,391

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Funds to purchase life-saving equipment and support redevelopment of NICU

With plenty of goodwill to go around, and smiles to spare, Kingstonians rallied around this year’s Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign to raise some serious (cookie) dough for the region’s tiniest patients: a record $108,391.

“Could Smile Cookie break the six-figure mark, locally, was the question on everyone’s mind,” says Liz Wilson, Chair, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) Board of Directors. “All of the restaurant owners and team members wanted to do it, the community was energized, and together we did it!”

Proceeds from the annual campaign will be used to purchase life-saving equipment and support the redevelopment of Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s (KHSC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

"The Smile Cookie campaign highlights the growing generosity of Kingstonians," says Kylee Moore, Tim Hortons restaurant owner, "From the hard working team members who decorate each cookie by hand, to the guests we serve every day, to our hospital partner, we're so thankful that we are able to play a role in making a difference for the babies and their families in the NICU.”

Nationally, the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign also set a new record, with nearly $7.8 million raised on behalf of charities, hospitals and community programs from coast-to-coast-to coast.

Thanks to the generosity of participating locations in the Kingston area, the commitment of staff and nearly two decades of enthusiastic community support, Tim Hortons has donated more than $700,000 to Kingston Health Sciences Centre.