Tim Hortons and its restaurant owners across Canada will launch a limited-time fundraising donut with all proceeds donated to Indigenous organizations that support residential school survivors.
The orange-sprinkled donut goes on sale at most locations beginning September 30, which is Orange Shirt Day. Through October 6, 100% of the donut’s retail price (excluding taxes) will be donated to the Orange Shirt Society and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
“We’re proud that Tim Hortons owners across Canada are joining us in this initiative that will raise some important funds and awareness for two organizations that do crucial work to help support survivors of the residential school system,” said Joe Gottfriedson, a Tim Hortons co-owner, former Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation chief and former B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.
Orange Shirt Day has been observed September 30 since 2013, when Phyllis Webstad told her story of her first day of residential school. She was six years old in 1973, excited to be wearing her new clothes and going to school for the first time, only to have her shiny new orange shirt ripped away. Her organization, the Orange Shirt Society, and the Every Child Matters movement she created continue to raise awareness about Canada’s history of residential schools, along with honouring the survivors and their families and the children who never returned home.