Firefighters, paramedics help kids go to camp

Firefighter Tyler Bruce is shown here accepting donations from a customer at the downtown Tim Hortons as part of Camp Day on June 6. Also pictured is Tim Hortons employee Tyler Araki, who washed windshields. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
Firefighter Tyler Bruce is shown here accepting donations from a customer at the downtown Tim Hortons as part of Camp Day on June 6. Also pictured is Tim Hortons employee Tyler Araki, who washed windshields. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
Kelly Bellefleur, deputy chief of operations for the Campbell River Fire Department, served coffee at the downtown Tim Hortons as part of Camp Day on June 6. The annual event raises money to help children from low-income families go to camp. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
Captain Ken Dawson of the Campbell River Fire Department pours coffee at the downtown Tim Hortons as part of Camp Day. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
BC Ambulance paramedics were slinging coffee at the Willow Point Tim Hortons as part of their contribution to Camp Day. Dave Hutton (here taking the selfie), Dave Clark and Krista Gillette were out in force. Photo submitted

Uniformed firefighters and BCHS ambulance paramedics prepared coffees, worked the drive-through window and washed dishes on June 6 at local Tim Hortons locations.

It was part of Camp Day, an event that helps children from low-income families go to camp. All proceeds from coffee purchases on June 6 go towards the cause, according to the company’s website.

“It’s important to give back to the community and help kids that might not be able to go to camp,” said firefighter Tyler Bruce, who accepted donations from customers at the drive-through in downtown Campbell River.

In past years, the campaign has raised millions of dollars to send children to camps run by the company’s foundation.

The camps – located in places including Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Kentucky – are meant to “help youth develop the skills they need to become resourceful, responsible and empowered individuals.”