Rukhsana Majeed (left) and Therese Semeniuk

Rukhsana Majeed (left) and Therese Semeniuk

Smile Cookies benefit VJH

The Tim Hortons restaurants in Vernon and Armstrong will sell Smile Cookies between today and Sept. 21 for $1.

A popular fundraiser will create a lot of smiles.

The Tim Hortons restaurants in Vernon and Armstrong will sell Smile Cookies between today and Sept. 21 for $1.

“All sales are donated to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation,” said Dan Currie, the local Hortons owner.

“We are hoping to increase our donation this year so we’re hoping to get strong community support.”

About 20,000 cookies will be available.

“And then my wife (Jamie) and I match it, so we could possibly push $40,000,” said Currie.

Last year, a total of $31,710 was raised.

The money raised this year will go towards equipping the two top floors in VJH’s Polson tower.

“Generosity comes in many forms and purchasing Smile Cookies is a great way to help Tim Hortons help the hospital,” said Sue Beaudry, VJH Foundation director of development.

“We are very grateful to receive the ongoing, generous support of Tim Hortons. It’s a great initiative that relies on the support of many community members to make it happen.”

The Smile Cookie program originally began in Ontario in 1996 and has since expanded across Canada, helping a variety of children’s charities, hospitals and community programs.