WINNERS and HomeSense Stores Spread a Little Sunshine to Make Dreams Come True for Kids Across Canada

LONDON, ON, July 31, 2017 /CNW/ - From August 1st to August 31st, WINNERS and HomeSense stores across Canada will invite their customers to help Spread a Little Sunshine in support of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. During the month-long Spread a Little Sunshine campaign, customers will be invited to make a donation of $2, $5, $10 or any dollar amount of their choosing at their local WINNERS or HomeSense store, all of which will be donated to Sunshine to help make dreams come true for children across Canada living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.

"Since 1999, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our customers, we have had the privilege to help make dreams come true for children across Canada," says Erin O'Brien, spokesperson for WINNERS and HomeSense. "We are honoured to partner once again this year with Sunshine to continue to help raise awareness and funds to support such a wonderful cause."

Donations received during the Spread a Little Sunshine campaign will help children and youth like MacKenzie, a 16-year-old dreamer, realize a brighter future for themselves by experiencing their dream come true. For Mackenzie her dream of visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios had very special meaning. As she explained in her dream application to Sunshine, "To me, Harry Potter is more than just a series of books and movies, it's a place where being unique is normal and wanted. When I watch Harry Potter movies I realize that, as Albus Dumbledore said, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." MacKenzie's Sunshine dream come true was presented at a Harry Potter-themed presentation at her local WINNERS and HomeSense store where she and her family were completely moved by the incredible send-off given them by the store's Associates.

"We are extremely grateful to WINNERS and HomeSense for their longstanding dedication to Sunshine and the children we serve," says Nancy Sutherland, CEO of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. "As a national dream partner with Sunshine since 1999, the caring Associates and customers at WINNERS and HomeSense have raised millions of dollars through a combination of the Spread a Little Sunshine campaign, Associate fundraising activities and corporate contributions. Their generous support makes it possible for us to fulfill the most cherished dreams of children with complex medical conditions like Mackenzie, building their confidence, igniting hope and creating new possibilities. On behalf of Sunshine kids from coast to coast, I offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to our partners at WINNERS and HomeSense, their Associates across the country, and every customer who said yes I will give."

To support Sunshine dreams, WINNERS and HomeSense customers are invited to make a donation of $2, $5, or $10-dollars at their local WINNERS and HomeSense store, or online at on any day during the month of August.

For more information about the WINNERS and HomeSense Spread a Little Sunshine campaign, visit

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is a national Canadian charity impacting the lives of children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses by making their dreams come true. Sunshine Dream Programs give the children they serve the opportunity to experience freedom from their daily regimens and challenges by having their dreams transformed into reality, impacting them with a sense of independence, confidence, and empowerment that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Sunshine has two dream programs: Sunshine Dreams, which can range from family trips to meeting a hero to customized gifts, and Sunshine DreamLift which is a whirlwind 'day of yes' adventure to a Disney theme park for a large group of children. Since its inception in 1987, Sunshine has fulfilled more than 8,000 dream experiences for children across Canada and coordinated 62 Sunshine DreamLifts. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @SunshineFound.

WINNERS and HomeSense are a division of TJX Canada, owned by The TJX Companies, Inc., the world's largest off-price retailer. With over 400 stores nationwide, WINNERS and HomeSense offer Canadians brand name and designer fashions and home décor at up to 60% less than department and specialty stores, every day. For more information, please visit or

SOURCE Sunshine Foundation of Canada

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Redman, Manager, Marketing & Communications at The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, P: 1-800-461-7935 Ext. 221E:


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