Halloween candy buyback programs end today

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - CARSON CITY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY:

Photo courtesy Carson City Pediatric Dentistry

For the eighth year, Carson City Pediatric Dentistry is offering its candy buyback program for children who take in their Halloween candy in exchange for cash.

In an effort to reduce the amount of candy being consumed by children after Halloween and to provide treats for military members, CCPD is offering $2 per pound (up to five pounds) per child (ages 0-16 years) for Halloween candy surrendered during office hours on Nov. 1, 2, 5 through 9.

CCPD is at 4530 S. Carson Street, Suite #5, in Carson City and the office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

“We believe in giving back to our community through projects like this,” said Kevin Olson, DMD, co-owner of CCPD. “We are offering children a little something in return for their Halloween candy and then sending that candy to military service members as a little touch of America while they are serving overseas.”

Children do not need to be patients at CCPD to participate in this offer.

In partnership with Operation Gratitude, candy collected at the dentists’ office will be packaged up and sent to U.S. military troops serving overseas. Those dropping off candy are welcome to provide a hand-written note to be included with packages sent to troops. CCPD also will have note-making materials at the office for those wish to draw up a card of thanks to those serving abroad.

CHAMPAGNE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY:

Champagne Pediatric Dentistry will pay $1 per pound for your extra candy. Drop it off November 1-7 during regular business hours at 9598 Prototype Court in Reno or 735 Sparks Boulevard.

Please donate individually-wrapped, fun-size candy only. Also welcome are handwritten thank-you letters and drawings for service members, veterans and first responders to be shipped to Operation Gratitude. Feel free also to donate pens and mechanical pencils.

PITTS ORTHODONTICS:

Pitts Orthodontics is holding its sixth annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Trick-or-treaters will be paid one dollar for each pound of unopened candy. Candy will be sent to the US military troops through Operation Gratitude.

Last year, our area’s awesome Ninjas, princesses, ghosts and goblins helped the team collect 1,700 pounds of candy and ITS Logistics shipped it on their behalf. This year’s goal is 2,000 pounds and they need your help.

From Nov. 5 through 8, Pitts Orthodontics will be collecting unopened Halloween candy at the office at 4786 Caughlin Parkway, #305 in Reno. The office is just three doors to the right of Raley’s grocery store in Caughlin Ranch.

“Through this program we are delivering more than candy; children are learning about service and generosity as we give back to our troops. Pitts Orthodontics is proud to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween Buy-Back program,” says Dr. Mark Handelin of Pitts Orthodontics. “Please encourage your trick-or-treaters to kick-in and show support for our troops.”

Operation Gratitude has shipped more than two million care packages that include items such as DVDs, handmade scarves and hygiene products.

In case you preferr to substitute a personal letter of appreciation, cards, and hand-drawn pictures, the troops enjoy receiving notes.

“The Candy Buy Back program is an important way for us to demonstrate our appreciation and support of our military service men and women. The Pitts Orthodontics and ITS Logistics team look forward to this event and helping support our troops” says Dr. Arnie Pitts.