Tim Hortons To Spread Some Cheer For Charity

Monday November 28th, 2016

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From drive-thru to food drives, one franchise is making a difference this holiday season.

Teaming up with WHC Construction and Development, two local Tim Hortons will host their first annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive to support the Windsor Homes Coalition. Taking place on December 3 and 4, the event is an escalation of the work TJ Enterprises, owner of 13 locations in the area, has done so far.

“For approximately eight years, we have been privileged to take part in the Windsor Homes Coalition Christmas Family Sponsorships and our team has always gone above and beyond expectations,” said operations manager, Kristy Robinson. “We wanted to extend our hand again this year and hope to expand the donations further to reach more families this holiday season.”

To accomplish this, organizers are looking for help from the public. Those involved are asking for new, unopened, unwrapped gifts for children, teens and adults: This includes toys, clothes, linens and bath towels, cutlery, shoes and slippers. Non-perishable food items like pastas, cereals, juice boxes and lunch snacks, canned fruits and vegetables  are also needed. Even gift cards will be accepted as an alternative gift donation.

In the spirit of giving, someone else will be providing some holiday cheer as well.

“Santa will be making an appearance and spreading some holiday cheer during this fundraising event,” said Robinson. “Free hot chocolate will be available as a small thanks for all charitable donations. In addition, we have donated a $100 Tim Card to the event, and anyone who donates to the Holiday Food and Toy Drive will be able to enter their name into a draw to possibly win this card.”

Spreading out across the city, The event will kick-off on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6605 Tecumseh Road East. Taking fundraising efforts west the following day, donations will then be accepted at 1420 Huron Church Road from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For anyone who can’t make it this weekend, donations will be accepted all week-long at either location until December 4.

Realizing their importance, TJ Enterprises has helped many charities and hopes to make this toy drive an annual event: Providing for those in need on a larger scale remains their goal.

“We have always done charitable work in the community with many different organizations,” said Robinson. “What began our relationship with Windsor Homes Coalition was receiving a simple donation request letter. From there we thought it was a great opportunity for each of our restaurants to get involved and sponsor a family for the holidays. Through fundraising and team member donations we were able to do so successfully. We wanted to expand this year and hope that donations collected will reach even more families this season.”

Businesses looking to offer support or make a donation can contact Robinson at 519-250-0955 ex 101 or by e-mail.

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