Sell Your Candy, Support a Soldier

7:34 PM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
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Teaching children about better nutrition, or at least encouraging them to avoid sweets, is one goal of dentists at Family Dental Associates in Warner Robins.

The time is here for Tootsie Rolls, Blow Pops, and chocolate to fill bags for trick-or- treaters.  

Family Dental employees say they're ready for patients to visit their office to make an unusual exchange.

"Halloween candy is not good for the teeth," said Elaine Price, Marketing Director at the practice. "Kids go trick-or- treating, they bring it to us, and we will give them cash for their candy."

Price says they'll pay $1 for every pound of candy that's brought into their office.  

Then, they'll use the candy for charity.

"We're going to put it together for care packages and send it to Operation Gratitude.  They distribute it to overseas men and women," said Price.

She says their "Halloween Candy Buy Back" day is running for a 3rd year.

She says they collected 27 pounds of candy last year, and they're hoping to double that amount Friday.

Price says people, young and old, don't mind supporting the cause.

"They love it because they love getting the dollars, and then we have the young children.  Every 2 year old loves getting a dollar for their candy or 2 dollars for their candy," Price explained.

Candy isn't the only thing troops will get. Those who sell their candy can also write a letter to a soldier.

Dr. Jack Bell says the buy back program is great for teaching patients how to maintain their oral health, but candy in moderation isn't bad.

"The troops eat it and enjoy it, but also the troops hand it out to the kids.  It helps build morale and helps support the American dream," said Bell.

The "Halloween Candy Buy Back" day is Friday, at Family Dental Associates. That's located on Margie Drive in Warner Robins.

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