Today is a perfect day to grab a coffee. It’s Camp Day.
Tim Hortons locations around the country are donating 100 per cent of their proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Both of the Tim Hortons’ locations in Moose Jaw will collect donations and contribute all proceeds to the foundation to help send kids to camps.
This is a great initiative. The foundation sends economically disadvantaged children to one of the foundation’s six camps.
According to the Tim Hortons website, one in six children in Canada and the United States live in economically disadvantaged homes. In turn, the opportunities to promote growth can be limited.
“A Foundation camp experience provides programs that develop lifelong skills in children,” the website said. “When they return home from camp, they take with them a more positive attitude about their future and the confidence to achieve the goals they learned to set for themselves at camp.”
Some of the programs include the residential camp program and the youth leadership program. Camp Day in 2013 raised $11.8 million for the foundation. This year, the goal is to help send more than 17,000 children to camp.
In an ideal world, everyone has free and equal access to all opportunities no matter our age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic class. This is not an ideal world.
The statistic alone about economically disadvantaged children in Canada and the U.S. speaks volumes. That doesn’t include other statistics like poverty.
There are many ways we can help out. There are many charities that have a mission to help others and there are far too many to name.
Without the donation and support of the community, these non-profit organizations wouldn’t be able to offer their services that benefit so many people. That’s why it’s so important we help out charities.
Today is an opportunity to donate to a worthwhile cause. For coffee drinkers, it’s a double-double bonus.
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