Dentists Buying Back Halloween Candy for Troops

The Halloween candy will be shipped to U.S. Military overseas.

Are you anticipating too much candy around the house Thursday?

This Halloween, parents and children can get rid of some of the excess sugar coming in around the holiday and earn some money in the process, all while giving back to U.S. Military servicemen and women deployed overseas.

Local dentists participating in Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to members of the military, will buy back residents' Halloween candy and ship it in holiday care packages to troops overseas. In return, children receive cash and toothbrushes. According to the program’s website, most dentist’s offices pay $1 per pound of candy.

For 2012, the program has also launched a promotion for donors to give goodie bags with tooth brushes and toothpaste, so service members can stay cavity-free, too.

Operation Gratitude has sent upwards of 800,000 care packages to troops since it was founded in 2003. Last year, the program shipped 125 tons of candy to troops.

Here are those offices participating within five miles of Annandale, but you can click here and input your ZIP Code to find a participating dentist near you. Parents are encouraged to call dentist’s offices to confirm participation.

Steven R. Johnson and Associates
4322 Ravensworth Rd
Annandale, VA, 22003
Phone: (703) 256-5870
Email: pennyinva@aol.com

Annandale Smiles
4322 Ravensworth Road
Annandale, VA, 22003
Phone: (703) 256-5870
Email: annandalesmiles@gmail.com

Kool Smiles
6537 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA, 22042
Phone: 866-438-5665
Email: smiley@mykoolsmiles.com

Fairlington Dental
4850 A South 31st Street
Arlington, VA, 22206
Phone: (703) 671-1001
Email: dawn@fairlingtondental.com

Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419 C Backlick Road
Springfield, VA, 22151
Phone: (703) 256-8554
Email: info@springfieldlorton.com


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