Karen Lefave, of the Twinkie Foundation knew when they were chosen to be a recipient of the Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie campaign it was going to be a big boost for the foundation and she couldn’t be happier with the results. The foundation received $20,000. from the campaign.
The Twinkie Foundation provides financial assistance for food, accommodations, and other incidentals for families with a sick child who requires medical attention out of town.
Thanks in part to the money received from the campaign, the Twinkie Foundation has been able to expand their program to help more people.
When the Foundation was formed by Lefave and her husband Greg, the assistance was limited to families who lived in the Sault and were going to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Now they have expanded their program to accept applications from families within the 100km radius of Sault Ste Marie for any children’s hospitals outside of a 200km radius.
Lefave, explained that meant they could now assist families that are required to go to other hospitals such CHEO in Ottawa or hospitals in London. In the beginning the foundation had to turn down applications from families that weren’t Sault residents or weren’t going to Sick Kids and Lefave wants people to know that’s no longer the case and she encourages families to reapply.
Lefave told Saultonline that 2018 has been an exceptional year with the funds from the Smile Cookie campaign and some really great donations from the community and she couldn’t be more thrilled.
The Foundation’s next goal is to acquire a liaison to help the families navigate the chaos of having to leave town to get their child medical care. Once you hear your child is sick panic sets in and parents don’t know what’s going to happen or where to go, a liaison would help answer some of those questions, Lefave explained.
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