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NHL's Kitchen visits hometown Newmarket for Southlake mask donation

Smilezone Foundation donated 100 masks to the Newmarket hospital's pediatric patients


On Wednesday, Aug. 19, NHL great Mike Kitchen teamed up with Smilezone Foundation to give back to his hometown, Newmarket.

Mike Kitchen — who won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks and is currently the assistant coach for the Florida Panthers — was eager to support the pediatric program at Southlake Regional Health Care Centre by donating 100 reusable masks through Smilezone Foundation's Safe Smiles campaign. Mike Kitchen has a history of giving back to the community; using his time with the Stanley Cup to raise funds for Southlake, among other worthy charitable causes. 

Southlake Foundation’s director of philanthropy, Lynn Conforti, and Southlake's manager of the pediatric program, Stephanie Simson, were thrilled to accept the masks and personally thank Kitchen and Smilezone Foundation co-founder Scott Bachly at a Newmarket Tim Hortons. 

Smilezone Foundation transforms spaces in health-care settings to make them more comforting, therapeutic and fun for children and families accessing care; all to make tough days a little brighter for some amazing children. While the pandemic has resulted in profound change, the foundation's need to support children facing medical challenges remains the same. 

Smilezone recently launched the Safe Smiles campaign in partnership with corporations and individuals to donate quality face masks to children within all of the health care centres they have partnered with across Canada. For every mask purchased, they donate one to a child in need so they can keep smiling, safely. 

For more information on Smilezone Foundations ‘Safe Smiles’ initiative and to purchase your own mask, visit here.