Caring, one cup at a time: Tim Hortons Camp Day is June 6

Help change a child's life by buying a coffee and donating at your local Tim Hortons

DUBLIN, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Coffee drinkers, mark your calendars and get ready to show you care about kids in your local community. This year's Tim Hortons Camp Day - the annual fundraiser that sends economically disadvantaged kids to camp - will take place on Wednesday, June 6.

On Camp Day, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurant owners generously donate all proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF), helping send more than 15,000 kids each year on an unforgettable, life-changing, fun-filled camping adventure that will inspire them for years to come. Last year alone, thanks to Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop guests and through efforts of more than 3,700 Tim Hortons restaurants, $9.9 million was raised in the United States and Canada.

In addition to purchasing a coffee, guests can help send even more kids to camp by donating in a variety of ways, including:

  • Foundation coin boxes at your local Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop
  • Rent-a-Tent for a $1 donation
  • Rent-a-Cabin for a $5 donation
  • Online at sendakidtocamp.com

"Camp Day gives us all a chance to help a deserving kid take part in the experience of a lifetime.  All it takes is your spare change, even just pennies, to add up to something so significant and meaningful, like sending kids from your community to camp," said Dave Newnham, President and Executive Director, Tim Horton Children's Foundation. "Once a child attends our camp, they return home with a more positive attitude and greater confidence about their future."

The Tim Horton Children's Foundation started in 1975 in Parry Sound, Ontario with just one camp and 200 kids. It now operates six year-round camps across North America and has served more than 175,000 kids through its programs.

The Foundation's programming has also grown over the past 37 years: children attend one of three types of programs offered, including a traditional summer camp (ages 9-12), a year-round camp serving schools and youth groups (ages 8-18) in the fall, winter and spring, and a five-level program focused on building lifelong leadership skills (ages 13-18).

Children are selected to attend the summer camp program by Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurant owners who work closely with local youth organizations and schools in their communities to identify kids who would most benefit from an experience at camp. Most often, this camp experience is the first time a child has traveled outside their town or city or has ever experienced camp. During their stay at a THCF camp, kids participate in a wide range of first-class programs and activities designed to build self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills. The powerful life experiences learned at THCF camps come at absolutely no cost to the kids and their families.

"The support that we see from our communities year after year is outstanding and goes a long way toward changing a child's life," said Newnham. "The success of Camp Day wouldn't be possible without our loyal guests and dedicated Tim Hortons restaurant owners and team members."

'Like' the THCF on Facebook at facebook.com/timhortonchildrensfoundation and follow @TimHortonsUS on Twitter to join the #CampDay and #THCF conversation.

About Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop
Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North America based on market capitalization. Operating in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, espresso-based specialty coffees including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods, including our trademark donuts. As of April 1st, 2012, Tim Hortons had 721 restaurants in the United States and 4,042 restaurants systemwide. For more information, visit www.timhortons.com.

About the Tim Horton Children's Foundation
The Tim Horton Children's Foundation (THCF) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1974 that is committed to providing an enriched and memorable camp experience for children and youth living in economically disadvantages home. The Foundation's funding comes from Tim Hortons Camp Day, fundraising activities, special events, and year-round public donations collected through counter and drive-thru coin boxes, as well as other donations. Since 1975, more than 175,000 children have attended a Foundation camp at no cost to them or their families. For more information about the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, please visit www.thcf.com

SOURCE Tim Hortons Inc.

For further information:

or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Brynn Burton
Public Relations Manager, U.S.
burton_brynn@timhortons.com
614.356.3942

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