A smile worth $41K: West Niagara Tim Hortons support West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

·1 min read

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital's foundation has 41,000 reasons to smile, thanks to a generous donation from area Tim Hortons.

Through its annual Smile Cookie campaign, Tim Hortons donated more than $41,000 to the hospital foundation in Grimsby on Thursday morning.

The money comes from the proceeds of smile cookies — chocolate chip cookies with smiles decorated onto them — sold at several Tim Hortons locations with the intent of giving the money to charity.

“Tim Hortons is a great community supporter,” said Pamela Ellens, executive director of the WLHM foundation. She referred to the donation as huge and thanked Tim Hortons for support on previous projects as well.

“They're always there for patient care and it's so much appreciated by the foundation, but most importantly by the patients that the hospital serves.”

The cookies are often prepared by hospital volunteers. Ellens herself has helped prepare many cookies for sale.

“The volunteers are key to this, as are our guests that come in and every day,” said Chris Riediger, owner of a Lincoln Tim Hortons location where Ellens volunteered.

“It’s a huge community effort that our guests come in and purchase these cookies,” said Larry Thornley, owner of participating Tim Hortons locations in Grimsby.

The money from the donation will go toward sustaining the needs of the current facility as well as building the upcoming hospital in Grimsby, for which Ellens said fundraising efforts are also going very well.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting