Now that your kids have made their annual candy haul, what are you going to do with all those treats? You could always turn the leftover candy into some quick cash by taking it to one of the dentists, doctors, or other health care providers who will buy it from you by the pound, and it’s all for a good cause.
At Hoboken Smile Specialists, a dentist office in New Jersey, they’ll give kids a dollar for every pound of candy they bring in, up to five. “The candy buy back program can help children think about the concept of moderation, control, and generosity,” Dr. Radhika Kapoor explains about her office’s deal. “Starting at a young age instilling a sense of selection and sense of sharing is so important.”
After collecting the candy, the dentist office sends it to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that sends 200,000 care packages to military troops overseas. Other candy buy-back programs work in similar ways, all encouraging kids to part with the sugar to keep them and their mouths as healthy as possible.
Halloweencandybuyback.com was started by dentist Dr. Chris Kammer back in 2005 and they’ve partnered with close to 10,000 doctors’ offices in the U.S., which has led to an estimated 1.7-million pounds of candy being donated over the years. Check the website to find a dentist or doctor near you if you want to lighten your kid’s candy load.