Local Tim Hortons Has Some Fun Sending Kids To Camp

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

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Having some fun, one restaurant chain is helping to send kids to camp.

Tim Hortons stores across Canada are raising money for Camp Day. The annual event, which falls on the first Wednesday in June, is the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation’s (THCF) biggest fundraiser of the year. In addition to store owners donating all coffee sales, restaurants across the country also have events planned to earn some extra cash.

In the end, the goal is to allow children who are less fortunate to go camping. Store owners work with youth groups and schools, selecting children 9-12 to send on either March or summer camp sessions. All programs focus on goal setting and positive personal achievements. They are also designed to help kids think differently about themselves and their opportunities.

Locally, Tim Hortons store 1790 (located at 3405 North Service Road East) has plenty for customers to do. With a western theme, activities were spread out indoors and across the parking lot. Kids could draw a Wanted poster or colour pictures and a silent auction was being held in the restaurant itself.

Outside, a dunk tank loomed large for two employees to take the plunge, staff washed windows in the drive-thru and people could get some extra food at a bake sale or barbecue. Customers were also able to guess how many candies were in a jar and, on the way into the store, punch out a hole in a board to earn a discount.

Having more fun, staff were raising $1,000 to get employee Anthony to shave his head. Feeling he was starting to look “scruffy,” his co-workers were hopeful they’d reach their goal. Proceeds from these different fundraisers all benefitted THCF as well.

Many people also volunteered their time for the cause. In addition to policemen and firefighters, 2012 Summer Paralympics bronze-medalist Virginia McLachlan was on hand to help and sign autographs. Achieving the medal for both the women’s T35 200 m and 100 m that year, the sprinter also won silver in the 2011 Parapan American Games for the same events.

Those not ordering coffee or taking part in any events are still able to help. Customers can round-up the cost of their order with the difference benefiting THCF. Rent-a-tents and rent-a-cabins can be purchased for $1 and $5 respectively: Both allow those donating to write their name on a paper tent or cabin to be displayed in the store.

Those unable to make it to a restaurant have several ways to donate as well. Using their cell phone, they can give $5 by texting CAMP to 45678. Alternatively, anyone can donate by using Tim Hortons’ website too.

In 2014, $11.8 million was raised on Camp Day and Over 17,000 kids went camping. For more information on THCF and the event itself, visit their official page.

Canadian Paralympic Sprinter Virginia McLachlan was signing pictures and helping

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