Halloween Candy Buy Back for Troops

By KBJR News 1

November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM CDT

Coleraine, MN (NNCNOW.COM)

Halloween candy tends to go quickly, but a few children managed to save their sweets this weekend.

They're using them to help troops overseas.

For most kids and some adults, Halloween is all about the candy.
But on Monday these kids traded in their treats all to support troops in Operation Gratitude.

"It lights up....see"

"Kids can come in with any of their excess candy and we'll give them a dollar a pound, up to five pounds and they get a light up toothbrush," says Natalie Anderson, Office Manager at Anderson Family Dental.

"It's kind of fun it lights up for a minute which is how long they're supposed to be brushing," says Dentist Jordan Anderson.

Operation Gratitude is a group based in California making care packages for troops overseas.

A little monetary influence didn't hurt to bring the kids in but many children like knowing they're helping soldiers.

"I think they're excited and I have heard some people say they were even more excited because they knew it was going to the troops," Jordan adds.

The candy is just one of many items included in the care packages.

"So it's just a little treat that's included and I think it's something special for them know that kids donated and gave up something that is usually so terribly exciting for them," says Natalie.

The dentist's office also set up coloring stations so thank you notes from the children could be included in the packages.

This is the first year Anderson Family Dental has done the buyback, but they say they look forward to trying it again next Halloween season.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware