The local Tim Hortons has worked very hard this past week to put a smile on the faces of Golden families.
Not only have they been decorating cookies with a delicious icing smile, they have been selling them to raise funds for the in-demand, and well-attended Mother Goose Program.
“I just want to thank Tim Hortons and Brent and Julie Bolin so much,” said Joanne McCullough, member of the Golden Early Childhood Development Coalition, which previously supported the Mother Goose Program financially.
“I am so overjoyed by their generosity,” she said.
Mother Goose is a program for parents and toddlers to do together. It deals with singing, rhymes and stories, and has been proven to positively impact a student’s literacy skills when they enter school.
“It was quite well attended. And when it was cancelled people were saying how much they wanted it back,” said McCullough.
“The coalition ran it for 10 weeks this past year. But with this funding, I’m confident we’ll be able to run it all year.”
The free drop-in program is run by Dana Hudson here in Golden, and will also be making special trips out to other communities like Parson and Field.
“Everyone just loved it (Mother Goose), the kids and the parents,” said McCullough. “Apparently they’re selling more cookies than ever before, and I am absolutely blown away by how the community has jumped on board. I’ve been hearing stories of people buying like 20 cookies and bringing them back to their office. It’s really inspiring.”
One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the smile cookies, which cost $1, go to the cause. The fundraiser began in 1996 to help raise money for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario, and has now become a major annual fundraising event across North America. All money raised stays in the community it’s raised in, as each town chooses a local cause to support.