"Operation Troop Treats" Encourages Local Children to Give Back to Troops

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Now that Halloween is behind us, some parents may wonder what they should do with their kids leftover candy.

Looking for an alternative to gorging on Halloween candy? Organizers say that children will receive a small monetary buy-back per pound of candy donated, and children 18 and under who donate will have a chance to win an iPad. "We send it to the troops through Operation Gratitude".

Children can drop off candy at Lima Road Dentistry at 9019 Lima Road on Wednesday from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., on Thursday from 7 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.to noon.

To prevent extended exposure, Kool Smiles is allowing children to exchange their candy for a toy at its office on 2706 Ryan St. through Saturday.

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The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in care packages to USA service members deployed overseas and to first responders serving here at home.

MA residents have spoken and Almond Joy is their least favorite candy to receive on Halloween.

There are three great organizations collecting candy: Operation Gratitude, which has sent over 1.6 million care packages to troops, wants our extra Halloween candy to create care packages for our troops.

Surf City Dental is holding its seventh annual candy buy-back event.

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