Submitted by EKFH on 15-10-2014

Annual Smile Cookie campaign in support of the CHCA & EKFH overwhelmed by support

CRANBROOK, BC – October 15, 2014 – Tim Hortons brought more smiles to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital recently with its annual Smile Cookie campaign. For one week in September, Tim Hortons (two Cranbrook locations), the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary and East Kootenay Foundation for Health were busy selling smile cookies with a goal of raising $15,000 to purchase a patient transfer glidescope for the hospital’s High Acuity Response Team (HART).

A glidescope video laryngoscope provides consistently clear airway view of routine and difficult airways, enabling quick intubation. The HART program operates in the East Kootenay Regional Hospital emergency department.

What can only be considered amazing is that by the end of Smile Cookie week 15,680 cookies were purchased by Tim Hortons Guests, visitors and patients at the hospital, and from donors who shared their cookie smiles with other charities in the community.

Charities benefitting from the smile cookie generosity include the Cranbrook Society for Community Living, Cranbrook Boys & Girls Club, Cranbrook Food Bank, Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society, Dr FW Green Home & Daybreak Program, EKRH Psychiatry Unit and the Salvation Army.

“The Smile Cookie Campaign certainly brings out the spirit of giving in our community, “shares Matt Gareau, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owner in Cranbrook. “We are so very grateful to all those who support Tim Hortons, the CHCA and EKFH because it really is the people that makes this campaign a success.”

With this last campaign complete, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners and Guests in Cranbrook have generously donated more than $80,000 in support for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital over the past eight years.

The Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary and East Kootenay Foundation for Health wish to thank Tim Hortons, the Gareau family and staff and all those who purchased cookies (individual, by the half or dozen and/or by the case) your support is sincerely appreciated.

Photo details: Tim Hortons managers (Scott Seitz & Denis Demers) and assistant managers (Erica Seitz and Maricris Monsales) drop by the regional hospital to present a cheque of $15,680 to members of the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary and representatives from East Kootenay Foundation for Health