Heartland Hospice has announced that for the second year in a row, it will be the recipient of the Tim Horton’s 2023 Smile Cookie campaign at Moose Jaw's locally owned Tim Horton's restaurants.
During the first week of May, the iconic chocolate chunk cookies topped with pink and blue icing will be available at every participating Tim Hortons restaurant across the country.
All proceeds from smile cookies purchased at any of the three Tim Hortons in Moose Jaw from May 1 to 7 will be donated to Heartland Hospice and that organization's Capital Campaign. The Heartland Hospice Capital Campaign was launched at its annual fundraising gala in May, 2022 to help the non-profit complete dedicated hospice renovations at Pioneer Lodge on Albert St.
Pioneer Lodge renovation plans are being completed as a partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Ministry of Health. The Heartland Hospice board hopes the renovations, which will result in three dedicated hospice/palliative care beds at the facility, will be finished by spring 2023.
The project also includes:
- A family resource centre with reading materials and activities for children
- A holy space for the use of the entire facility
- A dedicated family entrance separate from the long-term care entrance
- A serenity garden
- Essential palliative care training for hospice staff
Moose Jaw's Tim Horton's locations are owned by Don, Aurora, and Grayson Howe. The Howes and their staff worked overtime to keep up with Smile Cookie demand last year and the seven-day campaign was wildly successful, raising a total of $36,865.68.
For this year's campaign from May 1 to 7, pre-order forms are available to order and pay online. Orders of three dozen or more cookies at $1.50 each or $18 per dozen, with 24 hours notice, qualify for free local delivery.
Popular uses of the delivery option include surprising co-workers at local workplaces, sending a box or two to a friend or neighbour, or as a way of thanking a business or charity in the community.
"We hope that Moose Javians will share their smiles and post a photo with their cookies on Facebook or Instagram during Smile Cookie week using the hashtag #smilecookieMJ," the Heartland Hospice board said in a media release, "and by doing so they will automatically be entered into a draw for a $50 Tim Horton’s Gift Card.
"Heartland Hospice can't thank our community enough for its ongoing support! We look forward to announcing the exciting results of this fundraiser at our upcoming Black and White Gala Fundraiser on May 25 at Grant Hall."