Halloween give-back benefits troops

Staff report

This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can sell their excess candy to Dental Excellence in support of our troops overseas.

Dental Excellence will be giving away dollar bills in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. The candy will then be donated to Operation Gratitude for distribution to service men and women deployed in harm’s way. Last year, Dental Excellence collected over 200 pounds of candy for our troops.

Children can bring their bags of unopened Halloween candy to Dental Excellence at either the Napoleon or Delta locations on Thursday, Nov. 1 between 6-7 p.m. Dental Excellence will pay one dollar per pound of candy, up to $10, and will give away $50 to the individual who donates the most candy overall. Additional care items such as scarves, small stuffed animals, socks, lip balm, DVDs and CDs, and letters of appreciation will also be accepted.

Dental Excellence is also encouraging schools to get involved and is awarding $100 for the school with the most candy dropped off by its students.

“We love the idea of keeping children’s teeth clean and healthy while bringing a smile to our troops,” said Dr. Michael Carpenter, founder and CEO. “We’re planning a fun event with snacks, games, face painting, an opportunity for children to meet a real soldier, and more.”

Operation Gratitude is a national non-profit organization created to lift morale by sending care packages to U.S. troops stationed around the world. The organization encourages anyone who has a family member or friend deployed overseas to request a care package on the Operation Gratitude website. Family members and supporters can visit www.OperationGratitude.com to share contact information or learn how they can support the troops.

Staff report