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We want to see your Halloween pictures and hear your stories. Whether spooky or fun, the winner will be selected by community vote. Entry deadline is Monday, Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Good luck!

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Comment by Ann Bynum on December 7, 2009 at 1:34pm

2009 was the second year Holly Tree Pediatric Dentistry hosted our Halloween Candy Buy Back. We chose to host a buy back for two reasons: 1) to thank our soldiers overseas for protecting our freedom, which we know comes at a hefty price, by sending them a little “taste from back home”. 2) to help families in our community going through difficult times. Each child who participates in our Buy Back was paid $1.00 per pound of candy up to 5lbs. We then matched that $ for $ and donate it to “Let There Be Mom” a local charity that helps parents with a terminal illness leave a legacy for their children. This is a charity very dear to our hearts as we have had several patients lose a parent.

This year we were fortunate enough to promote our Candy Buy Back through Radio, TV, and lots of word of mouth. And it was a HUGE success. We collected over 700lbs of candy!!! A local 3rd grade class also took on the project of collecting candy at their elementary school. They brought in 250lbs and decided to donate all of their $ to “Let There Be Mom”. What a GREAT testament to their teacher and parents for instilling a sense of charity at such a young age. Several other children donated their $ as well. A local Postal Annex donated all the boxes and labor for shipping the candy to the troops. We shipped 23 boxes weighing 22lbs each. We have already received several Thank You letters from soldiers. We didn’t send all the chocolate though…… We took the leftovers to a local soup kitchen to help feed the homeless.

Another great surprise we included in the candy boxes were letters and drawings the kids had made. We had an easel set up, so parents and kids could write words of encouragement, “Thank You’s”, and special pictures. We even had one patient make special pictures at home and brought some of her toys to go along on the journey. Although we do this project for the troops and our community, it’s always us that is getting the biggest reward. We get to meet so many wonderful people not only in our office participating, but also brave men and woman protecting our freedom.

Comment by Gary Small on December 3, 2009 at 11:33am

Manville Dental Group LLC held their second Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back with tremendous success! We collected over 900lbs of candy in our office with the help of our patients, community and other health care professionals. Not only did we offer $1.00 per lb, we had great goodie bags to give each child filled with toothbrushes, paste and coupons for FREE pizza and Arby's kids meals! We also hosted a "Treats for the Troops" candy drive at the local school rewarding the classes that collected the most candy per grade with an ice cream party! With the lobby fully decorated and the weigh station in position the kids piled in, our receptionist Nicole dressed up for two days as a pirate and punk rocker to keep the spirit of Halloween Fresh! All of our candy was donated to Operation Shoebox NJ, our offices elected charity who sends care packages overseas to NJ based soldiers. We had a lot of great surprises along the way that truly prove that good deeds do not go unnoticed. We had a family send us back their $5.00 because they did not feel it was right to profit from their generosity. They also gave their goodie bags to a needy family. We made a special donation in their name to their local food bank to complete the circle of giving they created. A teacher from a middle school an hour away had a student who wrote an oral report about collecting things for the troops asked his classmates to donate their candy with him. They had 9 lbs of candy in total and sent some great heartfelt letters to the troops that we mass produced and sent to Operation Shoebox NJ to be included in care packages sent Nov. 21, 2009. Our receptionist Nicole is a personal volunteer with Opshoebox and hand packaged boxes for the Troops. We are very proud of the generosity of our community and the out poor of donations we received to support our cause. The Halloween Candy Buy Back is not about promoting our office but coming together to support our Troops over seas. We are also currently collecting items over the holiday season and have made a giving tree in the lobby and asking patients to donate their goodie bag items to the Troops! Were holding a $1.00 raffle for dinner for two at a local restaurant to raise money to buy Holiday/birthday cards for the troops to send their families.We also participate with the ADA' s Give Kids a Smile program and open our doors yearly for FREE dental work for children. Please Vote for Manville Dental Group LLC because our office supports the Troops,community and promotes good oral health all year round!
Comment by Dwight Duckworth on December 2, 2009 at 3:47pm
The weather was perfect for young trick-or-treaters to turn out for Dr. Dwight Duckworth’s first ever “Halloween Candy Buy Back” on November 1, 2009. Kids brought their extra candy to the office to be weighed and earned $1 per pound. The candy was shipped to our brave soldiers oversees. The Army National Guard supported the event by sending a soldier to join us and let the kids (and their parents) take a look at a real Humvee. The Tooth Fairy also flew in for a visit! One of our assistants dressed up in a beautiful dress complete with wings and handed out prizes and goody bags to the kids. One little boy in awe of her, asked “Where do you live? Do you know Santa Claus?” Even the Boy Scouts got involved by donating candy. A group from Walmart also donated candy as well as several of our awesome patients.

A local television station interviewed Dr. Duckworth before the event to promote it the weekend before. They even came back to get live footage of the event that aired on the 10:00 news the same evening. The local paper advertised for us a week prior to the Buy Back as well as KLRC, a Christian radio station who added us to their community calendar for the month of November.

The kids and their parents won prizes through drawings and a spinning prize wheel. Everyone signed two large “Thank You” cards for the troops and a local school hand made over 300 “Thank You” cards to be sent with the candy. Local businesses donated coupons for food and fun. A group from First United Methodist church helped the staff with the event. A local trucking company even volunteered to donate the shipping of the candy to Operation Gratitude, who prepared and sent care packages to the troops. It was a real community effort.

Dr. Duckworth and his team are so thankful for the support shown by all the groups and individuals involved in making this 1st Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back a success. All total we collected around 150 pounds of candy. We have already started thinking about ways to make next year’s event even better. We are truly blessed to be part of this wonderful community as well as citizens of this great nation. God Bless America!

Comment by Robin Rae Walsh on November 21, 2009 at 2:22pm
"Giving Back Dental" in Springfield, Mo participated in the Halloween candy buy back event. This was the first year that we participated and we were the first office in the State of Missouri to become part of such a wonderful event!

Our event was called "treating Our Troops" and we collected over 785 pounds total. We had a very generous donation from one gentleman who made a donation of over 2,000 Beanie Babies of which weighed 217 pounds and we collected the remaining 568 pounds in candy!

We collected prizes that were donated from local businesses and individuals and then raffled them off at our event. We had over $3,100 in prizes! It took us over 1 1/2 hours to do the drawing itself! There were alot of very happy children!

We also had several veterans attend our event, one of which was a former Prisoner of World War II. To stand in his presence and be able to watch him enjoy this fantastic event was such a heartfelt experience for me personally!

Ever since I was a child, my mother taught us to always respect and thank all veterans and military men and women. This tradition I have also taught my children. At our event, I challenged everyone attending to take the time to stop and thank a veteran and any servicemen or servicewomen who are currently serving, to thank them for serving our Country, and to let them know how grateful our Nation is for what they have sacrificed for us! It will not only make their day but will make you feel very proud

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We had a wonderful time doing our "Treating Our Troops event and I can't wait until next year to do it again!
Comment by Mary Jane RDH BS on November 20, 2009 at 3:40pm
Who is Alice?
Comment by Pam Goldberg on November 20, 2009 at 2:06pm
The team at Mark E. Hyman, DDS - Graham E. Farless, DDS had the cards stacked in their favor this Halloween with a well coordinated effort!


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