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Camp Day turned coffees into fundraiser for kids


2.TimsCampDayTim Horton's restaurants across Canada joined together Wednesday to celebrate Camp Day, a major fundraiser that helps to send kids to the annual Tim Horton's summer camps across the country.

“We do Camp Day to try and raise money to help send underprivileged kids to camp,” explained Kaitlyn Chamberlain, Store Manager at one of the Orangeville Tim Hortons. “Last year we raised enough money to send 17,000 kids to camp across Canada for this year, so it was pretty awesome.”

The Tim Horton's Camps have five locations across Canada and one in Campbellsville, Kentucky through the Tim Horton's Children's Foundation, which was set up by the Co-Founder of the restaurant chain as part of a goal to help make a difference in the lives of children.

On the day of the event, and leading up to the day, restaurant patrons have the opportunity to donate two dollars to have their name written on a tent or five dollars to have their name written on a cabin, which is then posted on the wall of the restaurant.

“We've already exceeded our goal for the Rent-A-Tents,” said Ms. Chamberlain. “Our goal was to raise at least as much as we did last year, or to exceed it and we have already done that. Last year, in the Orangeville area alone, we managed to raise between $35,000-$40,000 just off the tents and cabins.”

Throughout the day, people continued to come in and put money towards tents, as well as participate in the raffles and games, and purchasing the 50th Anniversary merchandise, with all proceeds going towards the camps.

“We've gotten tons of donations – we have a lot of items that came in for our raffle,” said Ms. Chamberlain. “We've also had plenty of people coming in and making donations towards a tent or a cabin, and they're really excited about it, which is great to see.”

She added that she thinks a lot of people are willing to help out because they understand what a difference these camps can make in the lives of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a summer camp. Besides being a lot of fun, the camps work at teaching the kids life-lessons, teamwork and other skills necessary in life.

“It really helps the kids who get selected to go to camp,” she said. “They get to experience all kinds of new things, meet new friends and build new skills. It's really all about the skill-building and helping them to learn how to meet new people, so it's just an overall great experience for them.”
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