Dentists Buy Back Candy for Troops

Local dentists are buying back Halloween candy and sending care packages to troops.

Now that Halloween is over, if you are staring at piles of candy thinking "I can not let my kids eat all this," there’s a solution for you.

Local dentists are buying back candy from kids and sending it to troops overseas for Operation Welcome Home and Operation Gratitude.

Operation Welcome Home
Hillsmere Elementary School has partnered with Collins and Associates, an Annapolis-based dental office on its own candy buy-back program. 

The students at the school will be collecting unwanted Halloween candy, and Dr. Nilda Collins' office will donate it to our military troops, according to a press release.

Collins also plans to double the donation with a monetary sum going to the school to buy new books for its library.

Children who do not attend Hillsmere Elementary can bring their candy directly to Collins' office at 129 Lubrano Drive, and she will buy up to five pounds for $1 per pound.

The collection runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8.

Operation Gratitude
Participating dentists send 60,000 holiday care packages overseas, according to their website. Last year, they received and shipped 125 tons of candy.

Kids can bring their leftover candy to a participating dentist and they will either buy it back for $1 a pound or give out "goody bags" with dental hygiene products, coupons from local businesses, and/or entries into a drawing for a special prize.

The dentists closest to Annapolis who are participating in the program are:

  • Rodney Floyd DDS, 1017 Generals Hwy, Crownsville, MD, 21401
  • Childrens Dental Office, 2225 Defense Highway, Crofton, Md, 21114
  • Arundel Pediatric Dental Care located at 8531 Veterans Highway, Suite 103 in Millersville.

For a complete list of participating dentists click here.


Correction: Incorrect information was given to Patch via a press release, which stated that the monetary donation from Collins' office would be given to a food bank called Serving People Across Neighborhoods (SPAN). The donation will be used to buy books for the school's library. Patch regrets the error.

Luna_Fortuna November 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I blogged about this from a military standpoint: http://unicorninuniform.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/shunting-the-sugar-overseas-with-halloween-buy-backs/


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