Candy 'buy back' promotes healthy teeth, helps soldiers

Candy 'buy back' promotes healthy teeth, helps soldiers

Candy 'buy back' promotes healthy teeth, helps soldiers

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Posted on November 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:23 AM

PORTLAND -- Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the Halloween candy in your home the day after your kids enjoyed trick-or-treating?

Some dentists and other businesses are offering to buy the candy from you and your kids, to promote good health and good teeth.

There is also a nationwide program which collects Halloween candy and sends it to troops overseas.  If you want to find a location near you to bring the candy, just go to the Halloween Candy BuyBack website and enter your zip code.

Dr. Theresa Lindquist with Pearly Whites Family Dentistry in Salem said this will be her first year participating in Operation Gratitude and she's glad to be helping promote health teeth while also supporting our troops.

"Every dentist participates a little different in this event. Instead of $1 a pound, our office will be giving each child a goody bag of prizes and 1 raffle ticket per every pound donated. We will be raffling out some great prizes to the kids," Lindquist said.  "At the end of the event, we will be shipping all the leftover candy to the US military deployed overseas, through a program called Operation Gratitude."

Operation Gratitude collects the candy and then distributes it to deployed American troops around the world. They will put the candy into care packages so the military men & women can have some special treats while deployed.

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