Cook­ies make a dif­fer­ence

The Barrie Examiner - - NEWS - CH­ERYL BROWNE

The smiles were form­ing fast and fu­ri­ously at Tim Hor­tons’ Smile Cookie cam­paign kick-off on Mon­day.

More than a dozen me­dia types at­tended the event to turn their hand at cre­at­ing a smile cookie for brag­ging rights, a tro­phy and bag of donut shop swag.

“It’s the same (choco­lat­e­chip) cookie, it just tastes bet­ter be­cause of the smile,” said Star Good­hand, co-owner of the Hor­tons on Bay­field Street.

“It takes about 15 min­utes to make 100 smile cook­ies,” said an­other Hor­tons’ store owner, Milly Gra­jales.

With sales this week ex­pected in 100,000-cookie range, that’s a lot of dough.

Every dol­lar do­nated to the Tim Hor­tons stores in Bar­rie, Al­cona and Stroud is do­nated to the two an­nu­ally cho­sen char­i­ties.

On hand to cheer on the par­tic­i­pants were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from this year’s two char­i­ties; Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Bar­rie and Hos­pice Sim­coe.

“The money we get from the Smile Cook­ies is huge,” said Lynda Murtha of Hos­pice Sim­coe.

All of its pro­grams, in­clud­ing home vis­its, grief coun­selling and as­sist­ing peo­ple and their fam­i­lies dur­ing the dy­ing process, are im­proved with this year’s es­ti­mated $50,000 do­na­tion, Murtha said.

Mar­i­anne Ar­bor, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Bar­rie, said the smile-cookie money it re­ceives helps its men­tor­ing pro­grams.

“Last year, we were handed $50,000, that was a re­ally big deal for us,” she said.

Bar­rie Ex­am­iner’s as­sis­tant re­gional ed­i­tor Jes­sica Owen took home the ‘most thought­ful’ tro­phy for her spec­ta­cle-wear­ing cookie and this re­porter won for best smile.

Sev­eral me­dia per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing Dale Smith of KoolFM got a cre­ative nod award by (cheat­ing) adding a cho­co­late donut between two cook­ies, and Tara Dawn Win­stone of FreshFM won a par­tic­i­pant-like tro­phy for a pass­able at­tempt at art… or a bunny.

“The sin­gle thing that stands out for me is peo­ple’s kind­ness,” said Len Good­hand. “Peo­ple will come in and say ‘here, I don’t need a cookie, but here’s $5’.”

Smile Cookie week runs un­til Sun­day. CBrowne@post­media.com

IAN MCINROY/BAR­RIE EX­AM­INER

Bar­rie Ex­am­iner as­sis­tant re­gional ed­i­tor Jes­sica Owen, left, and Ex­am­iner re­porter Ch­eryl Browne show off their win­ning en­tries Mon­day morn­ing dur­ing the Tim Hor­tons Smile Cookie Week, held at the the Maple­view Drive East fran­chise. Lo­cal me­dia took part in the 14th an­nual fun event to raise aware­ness and cash for Hos­pice Sim­coe and Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters Bar­rie and District. Smile Cookie Week runs un­til Sun­day.

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