UPDATE: 1400 pounds of candy was sold or donated after Halloween 2014 to the Pitts and Brosy offices, including a large donation by local Raley's stores. That about doubled 2013's number.
RENO, NV - Local dental professionals have come up with a way to get rid of excess Halloween candy and support the military.
For the second year, Pitts Orthodontics and Brosy Family Dentistry have teamed up to pay their patients and friends for unopened Halloween candy to send to troops through Operation Gratitude's Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Last year, the dental duo collected more than 700 pounds of candy and ITS Logistics shipped it.
Through November 6, Pitts Orthodontics and Brosy Family Dentistry are inviting people to take in unopened Halloween candy to the offices at 4786 Caughlin Parkway #305 and 175 Cadillac Place in Reno to be shipped to troops through the annual program. The dental practices will pay one dollar for each pound of unopened candy.
"This year we want to collect more than 1,000 pounds, so we'll need everyone to kick in and bring us their treats," said Dr. Mark Handelin of Pitts Orthodontics. "We are excited to see what we can collect to donate to the troops."
"It's important to us to support our troops; this is a fun way to partner with our patients and do something that brings Halloween to our soldiers," said Dr. Arnie Pitts of Pitts Orthodontics.
Each year Operation Gratitude sends more than 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment and hygiene items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to U.S. service members deployed throughout the world.
Last year, offices of Pitts and Brosy along with ITS Logistics of Reno donated the delivery of 24 boxes of candy, 45 letters of gratitude and a box of toothbrushes totaling 700 pounds.