A group of Halifax dentists wants to save children’s teeth and bring a smile to troops overseas.
Thursday only, eight dental clinics in the region will be buying back candy from trick-or-treaters at $1 per pound, up to a maximum of five pounds.
Annette Mary with Nova Dental Association in Sackville says the candy will be sent to Canadian Forces members abroad.
“We also have little forms that the kids can draw pictures for the troops. They put their name and address and actually the troops can send them some information or a letter back thanking them for it, so it’s kind of nice,” said Mary.
Participating dental offices in Halifax Regional Municipality include:
- Nova Dental, Sackville
- Mill Cove Dental, Bedford
- Lozowski Haddad Family Dentistry
- Dr. Patricia Bell
- Penhorn Dental
- Evergreen Dental
- Woodlawn Dental
Candy will also be collected at Pro-Dent Laboratory from 4 to 6 p.m.
The candy must be unopened.
This is the first year for the campaign, which Mary said is already receiving a positive response.
Karen English of Pro-Dent Laboratory says it’s a way for parents to spare their children’s teeth from excess sugar, broken teeth and damaged braces.
“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well,” said English.