For the 10th year in a row, Dr. Michael Foley (“Dr. Mike”) and his staff at Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry are inviting children and schools in the area to bring in their Halloween candy and earn $1 per pound! Last year, Foley collected over 5,000 pounds of Halloween and hopes to topple the 7,000 pound threshold this year! The candy that is contributed and collected is shipped to Packs4Patriots, and organization in North Carolina, that then assembles care packages and ships the candy overseas to deployed troops. Receiving the care packages is a real treat for the troops, as it contains items ranging from standard necessities to surprises such as candy! Care packages typically include hygiene products, socks and shirts, protein bars and snack foods, ground coffee, cards and letters from children, and of course, some Halloween goodies.

Foley and his staff believe that their candy buy-back program helps children make responsible decisions about their health, all while helping Packs4Patriots’ endeavors to bring comfort and support to our brave soldiers overseas. Sugar consumption among children has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to childhood obesity, hyperactivity, diabetes, cavities, and more sever dental issues. By giving them incentive to curb their sugar consumption, the doctors and staff at Winning Smiles hope to help the children of their community avoid risky health habits. Schools that organize candy collections among their students are encouraged to use their earnings for books, computers, field trips, playground updates, charitable donations, and other investments that benefit their students.

Tuesday, November 1st from 2PM to 8PM, Winning Smiles invites children to their Amherst location, 3476 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226, and Orchard Park location, 3364 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY 14127 to trade their candy for cash, enjoy children’s entertainment, create ‘Thank You’ cards for the troops, win prizes and giveaways, and meet servicemen and women displaying their military vehicles (weather permitting). Each child that brings in candy will receive $1 per pound of candy, a free toothbrush, a small prize, and a chance to win a door prize.

Schools, daycares, scout troops, and other clubs are encouraged to organize collections. Group candy collection coordinators are asked to contact Janell Dutchess at 716-332-2430 ext 116 or janelld@winningsmilespd.com to schedule a candy weigh-in appointment. Information can be seen on our Facebook Page and Website, www.winningsmilespd.com.

This fun and charitable concept, supported by dentists and pediatrics across the country has increased in popularity over the past few years. The Halloween Candy Buy-Back has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and ABC World News Tonight.