In years that are less strange, all KMS locations offer free smokies and pop during the monthly 3 Day Sales. What’s that about?
Well, a few things! Who doesn’t crave a steaming hot smokie fresh off the grill, smothered in fried onions, and lightly kissed by ketchup and mustard? It’s one of the ways that we show our customers that we appreciate them.
But MORE IMPORTANTLY, the friendly faces you see behind the BBQs are volunteers for a myriad of non-profit organizations! They dedicate their weekends to raising awareness and funds for causes that are dear to their hearts.
Although half of the smokie fundraisers across all KMS locations had to be canceled in 2020 due to covid-19, volunteers were still able to raise $52,000 for many great charitable causes, thanks to our generous customers! These include fighting poverty locally and abroad, helping refugees and orphans, programs for youth and for seniors, cancer research, and more!
Q: Can my organization sign up to fundraise?
A: Contact the manager of your local KMS to find out!
Q: What kind of meat is in the smokies?
A: This varies by location. Most are a mix of pork and beef.
Q: When are these events held?
A: Check kmstools.com for the next 3 Day Sale dates!
Q: Why does the flyer say they are free if the volunteers are collecting donations?
A: There is absolutely no obligation to donate. KMS pays for all of the food and supplies, and is happy to provide a free lunch for you! If you are moved by the cause being promoted, your kind donations are welcomed.
Q: Why are some locations still doing smokies during the pandemic?
A: The need for fundraising never goes away, and is in fact amplified at times like these. The volunteers are taking all of the precautions to ensure your smokie is safe.
Q: Why are some locations not doing smokies during the pandemic?
A: In some of the cities where we’re located it can be difficult to find charities with ready volunteers in the best of times. Adding the pandemic to the mix makes it that much more challenging.
Q: Why has KMS Kamloops not done smokies in years?
A: We ask ourselves this every day. They were a franchise with their own freedoms, until we recently acquired them back! Smokies are in the plans, post-pandemic!