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A Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program that Lifts Spirits Overseas


Sure, trick-or-treating is tons of fun, but what to do when you end up with tons of candy – more than you want to see the kiddos eat? Dentists, schools and parents have come up with some creative ways to get rid of excess Halloween candy other than secretly tossing pieces in the garbage can. Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to U.S. troops in combat, their children left behind and wounded soldiers, has a Halloween Buy-Back Program that collects upwards of 125 tons of candy and mails it in individually addressed care packages. Dentists sign up to participate, offering money or other goodies in exchange for each pound of candy delivered.

Go to the Halloween Buy-Back Program website to search for a participating dentist near you, and give your kids a way to offer up some gratitude along with their sweets. Area participants include:

Greenlake Kids Dentistry
6900 E. Green Lake Way North
Seattle, WA, 98115
Phone: (206) 387-4131

Seattle Kids Dentistry
2223 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (425) 780-5439

Richard Chan Orthodontics
18323 98th Ave NE #1
Bothell, WA, 98011
Phone: (425) 485-9332

Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island
2817 80th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA, 98040
Phone: (206) 232-9600

Redmond Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
8350 164th AVE NE
Redmond, wa, 98052
Phone: (425) 883-1253

Dr Jennifer Pichler
9776 Holman Rd NW
Seattle, wa, 98117
Phone: (206) 782-0600

UVillage Dentistry
4530 Union Bay Pl NE, Suite 207
Seattle, WA, 98105
Phone: (206) 524-2000

Wallace W Wong, DDS, PS Orthodontics For All Ages
914 140th AVE NE, STE 102
Bellevue, WA, 98005
Phone: (425) 746-7126

Art of Pediatric Dentistry
914 140th AVE NE, STE 101
Bellevue, WA, 98005
Phone: (425) 401-1147

Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
875 140th Ave. N.E Suite 200
Bellevue, Wa, 98005
Phone: (425) 614-3777

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