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Dentist offers Halloween candy buyback program

A lot of the Halloween candy collected by South Kitsap trick-or-treaters could wind up in care packages sent to U.S. troops overseas.

That’s the goal of a Port Orchard dentist, Dr. Prashant Makadia, who is participating in a nationwide Halloween Candy Buy Back program.

On Nov. 1, the day after Halloween, his dental office will collect donations of excess candy from 4-7 p.m., and will pay $1 per pound for the candy up to a maximum of $5 per child. The candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in the care packages that program sends to troops serving overseas.

In a letter distributed to promote the candy collection program, Makadia states that “We do not want to take the fun out of Halloween. We encourage children to participate in trick-or-treat fun, select a few pieces of the best of their Halloween stash, and donate the needless pounds of candy for cash and prizes at our dental office.”

His dental office, located at 417 SW Sedgwick Road, Suite 101, is asking local businesses for donations of kid-friendly prizes for raffles and door prizes that will be given to children who participate.

Each child that contributes candy also will receive an oral hygiene pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and mouth rinse.

Makadia’s office is the only South Kitsap donation center listed on the program’s website, www.halloweencandybuyback.com.

For more information about the program, contact Makadia at (360) 329-4657 or prashant@healthyteethdentalcare.com.

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