Do you have a whole bunch of Halloween candy left over from last week? Well, here’s a way to save your kids’ teeth and do a good deed at the same time.
Families can get rid of some of that excess sugar and earn some money in the process--all while giving back to U.S. Military servicemen and women deployed overseas.
Many dentists across the country are participating in Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to members of the military,
The dentists will buy back Halloween candy from children and Operation Gratitude will and ship it in holiday care packages to troops overseas.
In return, kids will receive cash and toothbrushes. According to the program’s website, many dentists will pay $1 per pound of candy.
For 2012, the program has also launched a way for donors to give goodie bags with tooth brushes and toothpaste to service members overseas.
Operation Gratitude has sent more than 800,000 care packages to troops since it was founded in 2003. Last year, the program shipped 125 tons of candy to our troops.
If you’d like to find out what dentists in your area are participating in the program, just go to OperationGratitude.com. Parents are encouraged to call dentist’s offices to confirm that they are still accepting candy.
I think it’s a great cause, but I’ve asked my own kids to save a few Snickers bars for dad before they cash in. And maybe a Twix or two. And some peanut M&Ms.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.