GORE BAY – Thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and individuals, residents of the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home in Gore Bay will be getting coffee and donuts from Tim Hortons on a monthly basis, over at least the next few months.
“Two or three weeks ago, the Wikwemikong Nursing Home held a Tim Hortons Day with coffee and donuts and for all their staff and residents,” said Gloria Hall, activities co-ordinator at the Manitoulin Lodge Nursing Home. “And one of the staff members there made a replica Tim Hortons stand so it would look like residents and staff were standing at the till at their store.”
“Then one day, Tim Hortons took coffee and donuts to residents and staff at the Manitoulin Centennial Manor in Little Current in the morning and here (Manitoulin Lodge) in the afternoon. Tim Hortons donated all of this,” continued Ms. Hall.
“Dave Hill (whose wife Joyce is a resident at Manitoulin Lodge) decided that this was such a nice thing to do, he would like to see it done every month,” continued Ms. Hall. “He approached me about this idea and said that he would be willing to approach sponsors, and we now have four sponsors and another pending for another month.”
The coffee and donuts will be picked up at the Tim Hortons in Little Current and be on hand at the Lodge by a certain time once per month. Ms. Hall pointed out the cost to provide this for the Lodge is $200 each time.
“So on the third Wednesday of December Dave Hill and his wife will sponsor that month; on January 21 the Island Community Church will donate the funds for the coffee and donuts; February 18, Manitoulin Transport will pick up the costs; and on March 18 Noble Lumber will be the sponsor.”
“Anyone who would like to get involved as a sponsor can get ahold of me or Dave,” said Ms. Hall. “Even if someone or a group wants to partly sponsor or share the costs of having Tim Hortons coffee and donuts one month, they can.”
One staff member is going to make a Tim Hortons stand for coffee and donut day at the Manitoulin Lodge, said Ms. Hall. “The residents just love it; it is a real treat for the residents.”