East End Dental Office Hosts Halloween Candy Buyback Program To Support Troops
Originally Posted: October 22, 2010
Speonk - Beach Dental, a general dental practice, is holding an annual Halloween candy buy-back program in November right after Halloween. The program is designed to entice young people to donate candies that might be harmful to their teeth to American soldiers serving overseas. "Buying back the candy does a few things for us," said Dr. Alexis Gersten, one of the dentists at Beach Dental. "It gives our patients chance to get rid of the extra candy they have from Halloween that is just going to harm their teeth, and it gives us a chance to show our soldiers that they are in our thoughts and that we appreciate their sacrifices." Any kind of candies can cause tooth decay and candies such as taffies, caramels and other chewy sweets can break or bend wires and pull brackets off of teeth causing problems for patients that have braces.
The kids that participate are rewarded for their generosity. For every pound of candy each child donates, they receive $1. There will also be a contest to guess to see how much candy will be collected, the winner will receive an iPod Nano. "We know our community's children are very generous and concerned about their oral hygiene, but once they learn who gets the donated candy, I'm sure they'll be even more generous with their donations." said Dr. Gersten. The candy will be shipped to Operation Gratitude who then puts it into care packages for the troops overseas.
Children and parents who want to donate during this year's program may do so at Beach Dental November 1, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. November 2, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and November 3 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The address is 195 Montauk Highway Speonk, New York 11972. The cross street is Nidzyn Avenue. The program is open to all children up to 18 years old accompanied by an adult. After the candy is collected by Beach Dental it will be shipped - along with toothbrushes - to soldiers overseas. "Operation Gratitude puts all kinds of helpful items into those care packages" said Dr. Jason Parli, a dentist at Beach Dental, "We'll add toothbrushes too. We wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to give them something comforting besides candy".