2023 Tim Hortons® Smile Cookies raises over $120,000 for Sakura House & United Way

Tim Hortons® raises a record-breaking $19.7 million throughout annual Smile Cookie Campaign, with over $120,000 to be donated to VON Sakura House and United Way Oxford!

Restaurant owners from Woodstock and Ingersoll are donating 100% of proceeds from sales of Smile Cookies to Sakura House Hospice and United Way Oxford.

June 14, 2023 – Tim Hortons restaurant owners and millions of generous Tim Hortons guests helped to break a new Smile Cookie record by raising $19.7 million for local charities and community groups across the country.

This year in Woodstock and Ingersoll, Tim Hortons restaurant owners, plus all of their incredible customers, helped raise $120,800.28 in support of two local charities – United Way Oxford and VON Sakura House Hospice. Each charity will receive $60,400 and all funds will go directly towards programs and services that directly impact the Oxford County community.

Sakura House Hospice and United Way Oxford are so grateful for the support of the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign! This year, over 80,000 cookies were sold over the course of 7 days and we surpassed our total raised from last year’s campaign by over $20,000! This is all because of the incredible community by which we are surrounded.

In addition, we want to recognize the incredible support we received from our volunteers that came out to decorate cookies at Cookie Central! Over 275 local community members came out between Monday and Friday and volunteered over 550 hours! We want to thank every individual who decorated, bagged, and boxed thousands of cookies, all in support of two amazing charity organizations. We are all so proud of how our community came together and cannot wait for the 2024 Smile Cookie Campaign!


For more information, please contact:

  • Michelle Dykstra, Coordinator, Fund Development
  • 519-539-1231 ext 224 or michelle.dykstra@von.ca
  • Cell: 519-709-8332

VON Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable home and community care organization. VON Sakura House is one of over a dozen programs delivered to the communities of Oxford County by VON Oxford. VON Sakura House is a 10-bed residential hospice where palliative care is provided to patients 24 hours a day by a team of specially trained physicians, nurses, personal support workers, and volunteers. All at no charge to the patient. VON Sakura House opened its doors to patients in September 2009. VON Sakura House costs approximately $1.6 million each year to operate. Government funding covers the costs associated with front-line nursing staff and patient care. All other remaining costs are covered by fundraising dollars. Our youngest patient was 20 years old and our eldest 103, with the average age of a patient at VON Sakura House being 72 years old. Since opening, we have supported more than 1,500 patients and their families through their end-of-life journeys.

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