Something to Smile About

Purchase a Tim Hortons Smile Cookie from Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 20, 2015 to help kids across our region. For only $1.00 plus taxes, you can help enhance paediatric health care at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre.

Thanks to the generosity of Tim Hortons’ customers and dedication of staff members, Smile Cookie Week has raised to date a total of $1,349,568 to support specialized equipment and programs that are needed to provide medical treatment, rehabilitation and therapy to kids from across Southwestern Ontario and parts of Northern Ontario.

In 2013, CinemaVision goggles were purchased so that children can watch their favourite movies while having a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan performed at Children’s Hospital. For a child, the loud noises, enclosed space and the need to remain still for up to 90 minutes can be a challenging experience, often requiring sedation for the best imaging results. With support from the Smile Cookie Week Campaign, CinemaVision goggles are creating smiles by reducing stress, minimizing the need for sedation and creating shorter wait times for over 700 paediatric patients every year.

Last year, Tim Hortons donated funds raised to create a Smile Playground at Thames Valley Children’s Centre, our regional centre for children and young adults with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. The playground is a safe and fun place where every kid, no matter their physical ability, can enjoy the best part of being a kid as they recover from an injury or learn to move beyond their disability. TVCC and the London community will be celebrating the grand opening of this new space on Friday, September 25.

In addition to new equipment and services, Smile Cookie Week has also supported the Therapeutic Clown and Art Therapy Programs at Children’s Hospital, two unique and effective ways to help children cope with diagnoses and treatment. When going through or recovering from treatment, the Art Therapy Program provides paediatric patients a creative outlet to tell their stories, empowering them during a time of confusion and hopelessness. Humour and laughter helps create a positive attitude for kids who are going through what can otherwise be a frightening time. Ollie, our Therapeutic Clown, makes kids feel at ease with magic tricks, toys, gags, drawings and fun.

These programs have made such an impact on kids at Children’s Hospital, including Andie Morrison who makes regular visits and looks forward to her time with Ollie. Her mom Jenn says, “Andie loves Ollie’s balloon drawings that he does on medical gloves. She even used to sleep with them when she was younger!”

Visit a participating London and area Tim Hortons location (London, Dorchester, Ingersoll, Norwich, Thamesford, Tillsonburg and Komoka) during Smile Cookie Week and help support these wonderful programs so that children can continue to smile during their hospital stays.