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Smile Cookie campaign in Abbotsford raises almost $45K for grief support

Tim Hortons donates funds to children and youth programs at hospice society
A cheque for almost $45,000 was presented Monday (May 13) by Tim Hortons to the Abbotsford Hospice and Grief Support Society. The money was raised during the recent Smile Cookie campaign. (Submitted photo)

The annual Smile Cookie campaign recently held at all 14 Tim Hortons locations in Abbotsford raised just under $45,000 for the Abbotsford Hospice and Grief Support Society (AHGSS).

The campaign ran from April 29 to May 5, with all proceeds from the sale of the cookies going to AHGSS for its children and youth grief support programs.

Events and services provided by the program include the annual Teddy Bear Picnic, grief camps, and educational support for children in partnership with the Abbotsford school district.

AHGSS has been operating since 1985, supporting children, youth, adults and their families as they cope with grief, death and dying through compassionate support, education and advocacy.

The organization opened Holmberg House – a 10-bed hospice on Marshall Road – in 2016. The hospice was named in honour of Dave Holmberg Jr., who died of cancer in 2011.

Each year, AHGSS holds a memorial golf tournament honouring the Holmberg family. This year’s Holmberg Memorial Golf Classic is set for Ledgeview Golf Course on July 26.

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