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South Florida dentists let kids turn Halloween candy into cash to help 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 kids turn candy into cash by bringing their treats to participating South Florida dentists who then buy the candy and donate it to be used in holiday care packages to our troops.

Local dentists sign up (dentists can still register to participate) and agree to buy the candy for cash, coupons, food, services, or goods and toys. Then, dentists in turn 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 has a goal of collecting 100,000 toothpaste and toothbrushes to include in the care packages.

The program is run by the California National Guard. Last year, the Operation Gratitude sent 125 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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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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