Campaign gives charity a reason to smile

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The Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign kicked off on Monday, when hundreds of fresh cookies were delivered to cafes in Timmins and South Porcupine at midnight. The $1 Chocolate Chunk Cookies with an icy smiley face will be on sale until September 25.

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This is the first time that the Costello Community Care Center will be the campaign’s beneficiary charity. All proceeds will go to the centre, which has been serving the needy since 2005.

The center houses a food, clothing and furniture bank close to the city center so those in need do not have to travel far for essential assistance.

Established in 2005, it is named after Porcupine-born father Les Costello, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1947, a year in which they won the Stanley Cup. He gave up his hockey career for the priesthood, but founded The Flying Fathers, a group of priests who played the game for charity.

In the same spirit of creative fundraising, the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign raised $12.2 million for charities nationwide last year. It’s a great way for the franchise to connect with the community, said cafe manager Neil Chalmers.

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“The Smile campaign is our ability to give back to our community in tangible ways,” he said. “The Timmins and area community has grown stronger every year, and it should be another great year.

In addition to the necessary funds provided by the Smile Cookie campaign, the Costello Community Care Center (located at 85 Spruce St. North) needs volunteers to help cook dinner on Thursday, served at 4 p.m., and breakfast on Thursday. Friday, served at 7 a.m.

The upside is a sense of purpose, according to board member Ken Ryan.

“You want to be a force for good in your life,” Ryan said. “I volunteer to be an example for my children, my grandchildren and people in general. I can do it, I’m healthy, so why not? »

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