South Florida dentists help kids turn Halloween candy into cash for troops

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Here's a treat for our troops and there's no trick.

The Great Halloween Candy Buy-Back program lets South Florida kids turn candy into cash by bringing their treats to participating Broward or Palm Beach dentists who then buys the candy and donates for holiday care packages to our troops.

Local dentists sign up (dentists can still register to participate at the link below) and agree to buy the candy for cash, coupons, food, services, or goods and toys.

Then, dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude in California or another military-support group. Those groups will assemble and ship care packages to our soldiers.

This year, Operation Gratitude will ship a million care packages  on Dec. 7, which include toothbrushes/toothpaste sets.

The program is run by the California National Guard. In 2012, Operation Gratitude mailed 60,000 care packages (127 tons of candy) overseas.

This is a great way to get rid of that excess candy and make a soldier smile.

Click here to find a participating dentist or register your dental practice or to organize a community candy-collection operation.

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