East Cambridge Dental will buy leftover Halloween candy and ship it to troops

Cash for kids, candy for the troops.

That’s the goal of Operation: Candy Buy Back at East Cambridge Dental.

From Nov. 7 to 14, kids under 18 are encouraged to bring in their leftover Halloween candy and sell it for $2 per pound, up to five pounds.

East Cambridge Dental will then ship the unwanted candy to troops overseas with the help of nonprofit organization Operation Gratitude, which seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages to the troops.

This is the first year East Cambridge Dental has participated in the program.

“We had talked about the idea of doing candy buy back for fun to promote dental health for the kids so parents don’t have to worry about kids getting cavities as much,” East Cambridge Dental Hygienist Barbra Curtis said. “I researched and found Operation Gratitude, so we decided to have another good cause while we’re trying to promote dental health.”

Dentist offices working with Operation Gratitude register their practice online so people can look up the closest participating office.

As it’s their first year, Curtis said she doesn’t know how much candy to expect. They’ve been getting the word out on Facebook, at the business expo and by telling their patients.

East Cambridge Dental will pay kids for their candy as well as shipping costs. Curtis said they’ll have the opportunity for kids to make cards to send with the candy or sign a card available in the office.

“Sending something from the kids will be something fun if they draw pictures,” Curtis said. She thinks the $2 per pound of candy will be a good incentive for the kids, as well as giving to a good cause.

“They’re doing good things by donating their candy,” she said. “It’s a good service to those who are serving us.”

Operation: Candy Buy Back is open to kids ages 18 and under, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Candy can be sold Nov. 7 to Nov. 14 during open business hours at East Cambridge Dental, 1596 2nd Avenue NE in Cambridge. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ecdental.com or call 763-689-5699.