For the fifth consecutive year, Children’s Dentistry of Forest Park is inviting the community to bring a little sweetness to the holidays for U.S. military personnel and their families.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the practice at 1125 S. Harlem Ave. will be holding the Great Candy Buy Back. For every pound of candy that is turned in, up to 10 pounds, Children’s Dentistry will give $1.
Part of a larger national campaign to tap into the tradition of collecting candy from neighbors through Halloween trick-or-treating, the effort supports not only dental health but servicemen and servicewomen.
All candy collected will be donated to Operation Gratitude, which sends 100,000 care packages a year to U.S. service members deployed in hostile regions, their children left behind, and to wounded warriors recuperating in transition units.
“Last year we collected almost 300 pounds of candy,” said Dr. Jerry Udelson, founder of Children’s Dentistry. “We are hoping this year’s buy back will be even more successful.”
Another element that will contribute to the day’s success is conveying thanks to military personnel. When donors come in to the office, Children’s Dentistry will continue its practice of providing markers, crayons and other card-making materials so that children and adults alike can create cards expressing their gratitude to service members.