Is there anyone you know who deserves to be treated to some tasty chocolate chunk cookies with a big icing smile looking right back at them?
This week, Sept. 13 to 19, you have a chance to share such a treat while at the same time helping upgrade the equipment and services at the Upper River Valley Hospital.
Upper River Valley Hospital Foundation member Kathy Irvine said Ian MacDougall, owner of Tim Horton franchises in the Upper St. John River Valley, strongly supports the foundation's efforts.
She said MacDougal committed all funds raised this week through Tim's annual Smile Cookie campaign at his Hartland location to the URVHF.
To help Hartland Tim Hortons support the hospital, Irvine said the foundation actively promoted the Hartland Tim's Smile Cookie campaign.
Foundation members reached out to municipalities, businesses, organizations and others to place cookie orders which they would deliver.
The cookies sell for $1 each, with all funds raised going to each Tim Hortons location's charity of choice.
At the Tuesday, Aug. 24, Woodstock council meeting, CAO Ken Anthony read a letter from Irvine titled "Giving Back to our Community" into the record.
"During the first week of September, you will be contacted and based on your needs, a preorder form can be filled out with the date and time you would like your cookies," Irvine wrote. "Members of our Foundation will see that you receive your order as requested."
Irvine said the Smile Cookie gesture is a great way to support URVH while showing appreciation to employees, volunteers, partners, the elderly, customers, infirmed, caregivers, the oppressed, children, first responders, friends, neighbours and many others.
Woodstock Mayor Art Slipp welcomed Irvine's letter while encouraging council members to support the local Tim Hortons' chosen charities.
Slipp added the budget has funds targeted for charitable contributions. With the consensus of council, the mayor authorized staff to arrange with the foundation for the purchase of cookies as they deem appropriate.
In her letter to council, Irvine reminded town officials of the foundation's mandate to strengthen patient resources, referencing the ongoing River Valley Sun series of stories outlining the foundation's participation in several recent significant purchases.
Irvine also stressed the importance of philanthropy.
"Most significantly, when individuals and groups exercise philanthropy, they build an even stronger base resulting in benefits for all stakeholders," she wrote.
Slipp said Woodstock staff and council support both the hospital and foundation, noting the town officially adopted the URVH as the community's hospital.
While the Hartland Tim Hortons chose the URVHF as its charity, all MacDougal's locations selected their own recipients for Smile Cookie funds.
Woodstock's Connell Street location and the Florenceville-Bristol Tims are raising funds for the River Valley Cancer Support Network.
Woodstock's Main Street location is directing its funds to Prime Time Pals, while the Beardsley Road Tims supports Western Valley Special Olympics.
Smile Cookie funds from the Tim Hortons in Perth-Andover will go to the Southern Victoria Cancer Assistance Program.
Smile Cookies are on sale at Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada from Monday, Sept. 13, to Sunday, Sept. 19.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun