Once again, Atkins Maestrello, Miller & Associates is making it possible for kids to help our troops. Dr. Miller, who is a dentist and Richmond mom, recently posted information about their upcoming buy-back program to collect Halloween candy and send it to our military troops.
Last year they collected close to 500 pounds of candy from the children in our community. It was a win-win situation as kids received money for unopened candy and hard-working dedicated men and women overseas received a little treat too.
The buy-back program is simple and fun.
How does the Halloween Candy Buy Back work?
Children may bring in their Halloween candy to the Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates’ office and they will buy it back with cash and goodies from local partners. They are also raffling off a grand prize for one lucky winner.
All candy collected will then be shipped to our troops overseas.
They have two goals:
- Provide healthier options for kids this Halloween.
- Provide much-needed support and care packages for our military troops overseas.
How to Participate
- Go trick-or-treating, have fun, and be safe!
Bring your extra candy to the office between Thursday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 7th.
- They’ll exchange each pound of candy for cash and prizes.
- They’ll make sure that the candy is shipped overseas to our troops.
- Your child must be 12 years old or under and present to receive any cash prizes and goodies.
- For each pound of candy your child(ren) brings, he or she will receive $1; up to $5 max per family.
- Your child(ren) do not have to be patients at the practice to participate.
- They ask that if any large groups of children would like to participate (girl scouts, etc), that you call to schedule a time to deliver your candy.
- ANYONE may drop off their extra candy to our office to donate to the troops.
Dental Care and Halloween
Just like any other time of year, be sure and talk to your kids about the importance of good dental hygiene. It’s especially important on Halloween when lots of kids eat more sticky, gooey candy.
Be sure and visit this post from Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates to learn about the “least harmful” types of candy for teeth. Although all candy has some negative effects on teeth, some are worse than others.
When you’re purchasing ‘treats’ for the little ones, you might consider gum this year. According to Dr. Liz, sugar-free gum is an excellent alternative to sticky candy. The American Dental Association has placed their seal of approval on a number of chewing gum brands including Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum, Stride Sugarless Gum, Trident Sugarless Gum, Wrigley’s Extra Sugarless Gum, and Wrigley’s Orbit Sugarfree Gum.
Have fun this Halloween – be safe – and participate in the buy-back program to give our troops a treat too.
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