Children Give Back to Troops, Donate Candy to Operation Shoebox

Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of US Troops is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists alike.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the nation when they bring their Halloween candy and handwritten letters of gratitude to Seven Lakes Family Dentistry.  The goodies will be shipped to Operation Shoebox for inclusion in care packages to US Service Members deployed overseas in harm’s way. As a sign of appreciation for their donation, Dr. Jennifer Massey of Seven Lakes Family Dentistry will pay the children $1/pound of candy donated (up to $5) and give each child a dental health goody bag.  Paper and markers will be provided to write letters or drawings to send with the candy to Service Members.  The buy-back program will be held at Dr Massey’s office on Wednesday, 11/1 and Thursday 11/2 from 3-5pm at 1064-B Seven Lakes Drive.

Dr. Massey is proud to have served the dental health needs of the community since 2002.  She has participated 7 years in the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program to reduce excess sugar consumption, prevent dental decay, and teach children the importance of saying “thank you” to those who serve.

Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2% annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids teeth are being cared for more than ever.

Dr. Massey works hard to raise public awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and great dental hygiene.  For more information on the Halloween Buy-Back Program at Seven Lakes Family Dentistry, please call (910)673-6030.