Dentists buying back candy to send to troops

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A dental practice in Hanover is trying to convince kids to sell their trick or treat candy back so they can donate it to troops serving overseas. It's part of a nationwide effort to give troops a piece of home this fall.

Holly Lewis, a dentist at Hanover Pediatric Dentistry says she heard about other people buying back candy and sending it to troops serving overseas and decided to get involved.

"We should do that," she said.  "It'd be a great idea and a great way to give back to the community and help the troops."

The dental practice will give you a dollar per pound of candy, up to ten dollars.

"The intent is to really give them a taste of home," said Andrew Zima, another dentist at the practice.  "They don't necessarily have all these rituals and things that happen here in the States everywhere else in the world."

Halloween may not be the first holiday you associate with charity, but some say this year could be an exception.

"When they open up the packages, it'll bring smiles to their faces," Lewis said.  "They'll think about their families."

Dentists say it's a win-win situation for them: helping the troops and getting kids to give up sugary candy.