Purchase a hot/iced coffee from Tim Hortons today to help a kid

Buy a coffee, help a kid

UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. 

Tim Horton's eCamp counsellor Hrithik Sharma says the move to online camps in the midst of the pandemic is just another way to show campers they are there for them no matter what. 

That’s something the 19-year-old has personally experienced over seven years of being involved in the camp, firstly as a camper and now as a counsellor. 

“I learned that people are genuinely happy you’re here. Growing up as a child I did always know that people could be happy and invested in you as a friend, but I always thought there was a limit to that. Camp really broke down that limit for me and showed me that no matter how small or how big your request was or your need was, they would genuinely try to do whatever they could to ensure you had that accommodated. 

"They were genuinely invested in you and that taught me what being happy that you’re here really meant.”

Sharma's all-time favourite camp memory to date was canoeing in Winnipeg on his 16th birthday, and having his group of camp friends make him a birthday cake.

To him, that was one of the moments that genuinely showed that other people were invested in him.

If there’s one message he could give to the public, Sharma says it would be to show your support for youth today. 

"If you’re in the position to buy a coffee, and you can go out and buy a coffee, choose Tim Horton’s today, buy a bracelet from us today, because you’re not only drinking that coffee or wearing a bracelet, but you’re helping be a part of investing in the next generation. That’s what your coffee purchase is doing today.”

ORIGINAL: 10:30 a.m.

Purchase a hot or iced coffee from any Tim Hortons store today and your money will go directly to helping underprivileged youth experience the joy of camp.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, is Tim Hortons annual Camp Day – a day when Tim Hortons and it's 1,500 restaurant owners donate 100 per cent of the sales price of hot and iced coffees to Tim Hortons Foundation Camps.

The 40-year-old tradition is honoured throughout the entire nation, and has helped nearly 300,000 youth aged 12 to 16 years old since it started in 1991.

Attending a Tim Hortons Foundation Camp comes at no cost to youth or their families. 

The Foundation has seven camps across North America funded by Camp Day, but given the restrictions on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person camp experiences this year.

That's why they've adapted to an all-new digital camp experience, appropriately named Tims eCamp. 

The eight-week eCamp started at the beginning of July, and has grouped participating campers into eCabins, supported by trained eCounsellors to build social, emotional and development skills. 

In 2019, Camp Day raised more than $12.3 million. 

Here's how you can participate today:  

  • Place an order for hot or iced coffee at a Tim Hortons restaurant, or for delivery
  • Donate $2 in restaurant or on the mobile app and receive a Camp Day bracelet in one of four vibrant colours with an inspirational message based on the Foundation’s values: Empower, Dream, Believe, Inspire
  • Round up your order in restaurant with the balance of the dollar going towards the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps
  • Make a one-time or monthly donation any time at www.timscamps.com
  • Help raise awareness and raise funds for Camp Day by joining the #CampInForCampDay social media challenge at www.campinforcampday.com

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