Rifle dentist participating in Operation Gratitude Halloween candy program
Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of U.S. troops and first responders is a win-win for kids, parents and dentists, says the team at Rifle Dental Care.
Local trick-or-treaters can join kids across the country in participating in Operation Gratitude’s Halloween candy give-back program when they bring their Halloween candy and handwritten letters of gratitude to Rifle Dental Care, located at 1430 Railroad Ave.
The goodies will be sent to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in care packages to U.S. service members deployed overseas and to first responders serving here at home.
Dr. Clifford Cappelli of Rifle Dental Care is proud to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween give back program as a means of reducing excess sugar consumption, preventing dental decay and teaching children the importance of saying “thank you” to all who serve.
Each child who donates can get a prize, and raffle tickets will be given for an Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park tickets and Brenden Rifle 7 movie tickets. One ticket will be awarded per pound of candy, with a limit of five tickets per person.
Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2015 alone, 294 tons of that candy was sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution through its care package programs.
“Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 1.6 million care packages that include items such as DVDs, handmade scarves and hygiene products. Halloween candy is a wonderful addition to these packages,” stated Carolyn Blashek, Operation Gratitude’s founder. “The candy is a great morale boost for the troops, and a means to create positive interaction with local children. Equally important is that the Halloween candy give-back program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service and generosity.”
Candy and handwritten letters or drawings to service members will be collected from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Paper and writing utensils will be provided for anyone who would like to write a letter.
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