Many thanks the the local community for participating in the 10th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback. Together we collected over 350 lbs of candy that will be shipped to US troops overseas on Friday. And congratulations to Peach Plains Elementary for collecting the most candy! The picture on the left is what they created to collect their candy – awesome!!!! They earned an additional $2 per pound for their efforts plus an amazing plaque.
Smile Dental Partners is proud to host its 10th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback. Please join us by “giving back” your un-favorite, unopened candy. Kids will earn $1 for every pound turned in. AND, any community member can turn in their candy and ear-mark their favorite participating school. The school with the most candy donated will earn $2 per pound!
Little witches and goblins returned home from trick-or-treating this year and sorted through their bags of candy, sorting their very favorites. And all that candy in the house is fun for a couple days. Yes, even we enjoy it too!
The problem is that it lingers for weeks and some never gets eaten at all. As a parent, you can rest easy knowing your kids’ extra candy can be donated to a good cause – Operation Gratitude.
Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.
In 2015 alone, 252,723 pounds of candy were collected by the dental community for Operation Gratitude Care Packages!!! Since Smile began collecting candy for Operation Gratitude in 2008, our community has donated over 7,000 pounds of candy!
If you donate your extra candy at Little Smiles prior to November 4th, we will buy it back from your child at $1 per pound. Another $1 per pound will be donated to the local school of your choice! Will you help us make 2016 a record year for donations of candy?
Halloween is just days away and that means the return of the Halloween Candy Buyback!
From November 1 -3, Little Smiles has partnered with local schools for our 9th annual Halloween Candy Buyback.
November 1st – 3rd from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Children bring their unopened candy to Little Smiles and we buy it back for $1 per pound
Another $1 per pound is also donated to the local school of the child’s choice.
Top collecting school wins an additional $500 to go towards their specific educational needs.
For adult community members who drop off their extra candy at Little Smiles, a donation of $1 per pound will be made to the local school of their choice.
Since 2008, we have collected over 7,000 pounds of candy! All candy is donated to Operation Gratitude through the National Guard. Shipping to Operation Gratitude in California has been graciously donated by AeroVision International in Muskegon.
Smile Grand Haven and Little Smiles partnered with local schools to bring you our 5th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback. Between November 2nd and 7th, we collected over 1,500 lbs. of candy.
Holmes Elementary who won our $2,000 grand prize for collecting the most candy. Peach Plains and Jeffers Elementary won second place ($1,000) and third place ($750), respectively.
Congratulations and thank you to all the participating schools: Griffin, Rosy Mound, Peach Plains, Robinson, Holmes and Jeffers Elementary, White Pines Middle, and West Michigan Academy.
All candy is donated to Operation Gratitude through the National Guard. Shipping to Operation Gratitude in California has been graciously donated by AeroVision International in Muskegon.
The 2011 Halloween Candy Giveback has drawn to a close with great results. By creating a partnership with several Grand Haven schools, a “ton” of candy was collected – literally! A total of 2,029 lbs. of candy will be shipped to U.S. troops overseas through Operation Gratitude. Shipping to Operation Gratitude in California has been graciously donated by AeroVision International in Muskegon.
Thank you to the students of White Pines Middle, Lakeshore Middle, Peach Plains Elementary, Rosy Mound Elementary and Griffin Elementary for donating your candy. And thank you to other children in the Grand Haven area who donated the candy directly at our Smile office. What a great job making healthy choices and giving back at the same time!
Until next year…..
We are returning in 2011 with our 4th Annual Halloween Candy Giveback. What you might not know is that hundreds of dentists all across the country participate in this event. And this year, for the first time, the White House is endorsing the event through Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America initiative.
In the past we have collected candy at our office. And we are doing that again this year on Wednesday, November 2nd from 12 noon to 7 p.m. In exchange for unopened candy, we will pay children $1 per pound plus give them a new toothbrush.
What is new this year is our partnership with Grand Haven Public Schools. Several local schools – Lakeshore Middle, White Pines Middle, Griffin Elementary, Peach Plains Elementary and Rosy Mound Elementary Schools – are all participating in a community challenge. Instead of earning $1 per pound, the schools have chosen to compete to donate the most candy. Collection boxes will be placed directly in each school for student donations. The winning schools will receive items such as outdoor learning centers, playground equipment or cafeteria microwaves, each individually chosen by the participating school.
Whether collected at our office or donated to your local school, all candy (along with dental supplies) will be shipped to U.S. troops overseas through Operation Gratitude. Shipping expenses have been graciously donated by AeroVision International in Muskegon.
By donating some of the excess candy that your kids might normally eat after Halloween, you can support our troops, be healthy and help your community schools. Please consider participating in this worthwhile program which puts smiles on the faces of service men and women, keeps smiles on our children and creates smiles in our schools.
Here’s to a healthy Halloween!!!