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Lugoff dental office to buy back candy for soldiers
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Halloween is less than a week away, which usually means more than enough candy for children after the trick-or-treating ends.

Instead of throwing the candy away a few days after Halloween, Wateree Family Dentistry in Lugoff is suggesting children and their parents participate in its Halloween candy buy back program to help send candy to deployed soldiers through Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization that helps send more than 150,000 care packages annually to veterans, wounded warriors, soldiers and more.

The Halloween candy buy back program has been set for Monday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wateree Family Dentistry, 947 Highway 1 South.

Wateree Family Dentistry dentist Allyson Monferdini said the dental office is not trying to take the fun out of giving candy away but to help give back as much as possible to those serving our country.

“Candy is a fun part of Halloween and we’re not saying absolutely no candy for the children,” Monferdini said. “Have your children keep their favorites and bring the rest to help create a care package to send to Operation Gratitude. The troops will love it and it’s a wonderful way to say thanks for all they do.”

Those wishing to participate in the candy buy back on Nov. 2 can show up to Wateree Family Dentistry where there will be paper, pens, crayons and more so kids can draw pictures to send along with the care package.

Monferdini also said the dental office is planning to include toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss in the care packages along with the candy.

This is the third annual Candy Buy Back at Wateree Family Dentistry.

(This information provided by Wateree Family Dentistry.)