Local organizations could use your extra Halloween candy

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Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 4:03 PM PDT
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Jeya Dupris is already dressed up for Halloween as she visits her orthodontist. Even though she hasn't gone trick-or-treating yet, she already knows what she'll do with some of her candy, and she's spreading the word to other kids.

"If you get a lot of candy, like a pound or two, you could bring it to the orthodontist," she says.

Pitts Orthodontics is teaming up with Brosy Family Dentistry to do their annual Halloween Candy Buyback.

"We buy back candy for a dollar a pound from the kids and we ship it overseas through Operation Gratitude, which distributes overseas to the soldiers," says Dr. Arnie Pitts.

Those are not the only places that could use your extra candy. Bristlecone Family Resources is an alcohol, substance abuse, and gambling treatment facility. Many of their clients turn to sugar to help with their physical withdrawal. But more importantly, its Director of Development says candy donations from the community help in their clients' emotional recovery.

"Knowing people outside of these walls are thinking of them really helps them know that there's support," says Rikki Hensley-Ricker, Director of Development at Bristlecone Family Resources.

At the Ronald McDonald House, candy is a mainstay in its family room on Maine Street and at its family room inside Renown.

"Families come into the room to take a break from sitting in their child's room and there's nothing like having some candy and sweets," says Marty Ozer, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House.

As a home away from home for families with hospitalized kids, Ozer says it's the littlest things that provide the biggest comfort.

"We go through a lot of candy!" says Ozer.

Pitts Orthodontics will buy candy from kids during its Halloween Candy Buyback that runs from Nov. 1 - Nov. 3. Its office is located at 4786 Caughlin Parkway in Reno.

Bristlecone Family Resource will accept candy donations during regular office hours at its location at 704 Mill Street in Reno.

The Ronald McDonald House will accept candy donations at its Reno location at 323 Maine Street.

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