Finding comfort and warmth in a hot cup of coffee is not new for Lloydminster locals, but this March, their cups of coffee from Timber Cafe will come with a little extra love.
“It’s been almost a full year since the onset of Covid when our lives got turned upside down. It’s been a long, challenging twelve months for our community. We wanted to do something fun that would create a feeling of connection within our city and add just a little bit of joy to someone’s day,” said Sarah Rurka, co-owner of Home Hardware and Timber Cafe.
“We were inspired by the windows full of hearts from last spring, it created a sense of positivity and hope during a difficult time. We were thinking how a great coffee can really brighten your day, and wanted a way to make it that much more special. We collaborated with our local schools and “Heart On My Sleeve” was born.”
Home Hardware distributed 2000 recyclable coffee cup sleeves to LPSD and LCSD elementary schools, and the students decorated them with beautiful artwork, heart warming messages and even hilarious jokes.
Starting March 1, the student- decorated sleeves will adorn all hot beverage takeaway cups from Timber Cafe. Each one is different and unique, just like the students who made them.
Decorating the coffee cup sleeves gave local youth a unique creative outlet and way to feel connected to people in their community, as well as offer a special act of kindness for those receiving drinks from Timber Cafe.
“We really enjoyed doing the coffee sleeves!” said Madame Caverly, a Grade 6 teacher at Ecole St Thomas. “The kids were motivated and engaged. They kept wanting more. When the kids learned what they were and why we were doing it they felt like they were going to make a difference. Having their work seen by the community was an opportunity to connect them in a time where connection is limited.”
“We are excited to be able to provide this link between the youth of Lloydminster and the larger community. We hope they bring a smile to everyone who receives them,” said Rurka.
The Heart on My Sleeve campaign starts March 1st.
Timber Cafe is open for dine-in or take-out/curbside service.
Showcase your sleeves on social media by using the tag #heartonmysleeve