SMILE for local healthcare this week

Calling all cookie lovers and Timmies addicts – this is your week to smile! On Monday morning, representatives of local healthcare partners met at Barry’s Bay Tim Hortons with franchisee Jason Armstrong to launch their seventh Smile Cookie Week. Erin Gienow, Executive Director of St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, announced that over the past years more than $31,000 has been raised for local healthcare during Smile Cookie Week. Cookies cost $1 each, so that total represents 31,000 cookies.  Above from left: Jason Armstrong, Lisa Hubers, Cathy Pitts, Joanne Pecarskie, Pat Pilgrim, Kathy Marion, Greg McLeod, Gail Yantha, and Erin Gienow.

Armstrong said that the Barry’s Bay store is one of approximately 160 Timmies throughout Eastern Ontario. He said, “We might be the smallest population of all the stores [in the region] and sales-wise for our store we’re kind of in the middle of that group for yearly sales. But for cookie sales last year, we were sixth…. You could never imagine that would happen in a store in this [size] town.” So it’s unsurprising that he and Gienow have agreed on an ambitious goal to sell 6,500 cookies this week.

All proceeds from cookie sales during Smile Cookie Week go to local healthcare in the Valley, including St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor Long Term Care.

Cookies are available from Tim Hortons as you drive-through but if you want to share a lot of Smile cookies with family, friends and colleagues at work or school, you can pre-order your cookies by the box. Call Tim Hortons at 613-756-0008 and get ready to SMILE.

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