After a few days of enjoying their favorite candy after Halloween, children often have piles of treats remaining.
That’s why a Wisconsin dentist, Chris Kammer, began a Halloween Candy Buyback program, offering $1 a pound for leftover sweets collected by young trick-or-treaters whose teeth he cares for.
The program became wildly successful, partly because of where the candy ends up. It’s shipped to U.S. troops overseas, a few pieces in each care package, by Operation Gratitude.
In the above photo, Dr. Curtis Chan, a dentist in Del Mar, Calif., loads up a truck with 5,456 pounds of candy to deliver to Operation Gratitude during the buyback program last year.
If you live in the US and want to participate, there is a zip code locator to find a dentist near you on the website, HalloweenCandyBuyback.com.
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