Reno, NV - For 9-year-old Kaden Sindorf, the fun didn't end on Halloween. Sure, he went door-to-door dressed as a cartoon character, but most of the candy he picked up is getting dropped off at the dentist's office. And it's a heavy load.
"At least five pounds," says Kaden.
In return, Dr. Lynn Brosy's handing the fourth-grader a five dollar bill.
"And then we're shipping the candy to Operation Gratitude and they send the candy to overseas service people," says Dr. Brosy.
This is the first time Dr. Brosy has gotten involved in Operation Gratitude's Halloween Buy Back Program. As a dentist, she says it just made sense.
"Because as dentists we don't really promote candy," she says. "Although we all like our chocolate a little bit, we think maybe kids have a little too much candy anyway. We want to decrease cavities and let kids learn a little life lesson and help our troops."
For Kaden, being able to give his candy to troops overseas is sweeter than actually eating the candy.
"My father, he was in the Air Force and when I get older, I want to serve for our country and this is a way just to start out serving for our country," says Kaden.
His mother couldn't be prouder.
"This was an opportunity for him to participate in giving and to me, that's very important," says Jennifer Cardinal, his mother.
Dr. Brosy's office is just one of several in our area participating in this buy back program. They are accepting candy through November 8th at the office at 175 Cadillac Place in Reno. Dr. Brosy is hoping more children will want to take part.
"That would make us so excited," says Dr. Brosy. "To have a ton of kids in here delivering their halloween candy for the troops overseas."
To find out more about Operation Gratitude or find other local dentists participating in the Halloween Buy Back Program, head here: