Smile cookies are coming back next week.

This year’s Tim Horton Smile Cookie Campaign will be donating its funds between the local Timmins Police Service and OPP D.A.R.E. program. The D.A.R.E. program is a decision making and drug prevention class offered to grade six and eight classes. Instructor Constable Rick Lemieux says the programs don’t need the money to run, but it funds all the special aspects for the students like DARE shirts, program books and lion stuffed animals for the students. “The extra stuff keeps that going in the future after their done their D.A.R.E. lessons they still have their D.A.R.E. shirts and their Daren the Lion.” Lemieux says to him that s very important because “when they are home they see that shirt, it still makes them think about what they learn and that’s the whole point of it because we want them to keep thinking about it all the time.”

Lemieux says this fundraiser has been getting better every year since it started. “The first time we did this was in 2003 I believe and we had raised $5,000 in smile cookies and last year at $37,000.” He says it has gone up every single year. “It’s unbelievable.”

You can buy smile cookies for $1 at all the Tim Horton locations in town from Monday through Friday. Lemieux says if you order six or more cookies, there is no tax on it.