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Dr. Randy Wants Your Candy, 2017 Edition

Happy kids on Halloween

I know you’re asking yourself, “Why would a pediatric dentist want ALL the Halloween candy in Mt. Pleasant?” It’s simple—so we can donate it to our troops in lieu of your children eating all of it!

The amount of candy that children (and even adults) consume around Halloween is downright terrifying. More than 4 percent of the candy eaten all year occurs just on Halloween night. Kids tend to eat far more hard, chewy candies than adults, and those can be the worst for little teeth!

Little bite-size candy bars have more calories than you’d think, with a single one averaging around 80 calories, most of which is fat and sugar. Kids consume up to 7,000 calories on Halloween, or the equivalent of 13 Big Macs.

If your kids had a pretty successful trick-or-treating run, help them donate the excess of their candy horde to America’s troops via Operation Gratitude, with the help of your favorite dentist in Mt. Pleasant.

Operation Gratitude

Did you know that the U.S. has nearly 200,000 personnel deployed around the world? That’s a lot of troops who are away from family and the traditional comforts of home. Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene items, letters, and yes, candy to America’s service members and first responders all around the world.

Since 2003, they’ve sent nearly 2 million care packages to deployed troops, veterans, and caregivers. The candy you donate is just one part of a great package that an American hero will receive, but it can be a big reason for them to smile.

2017 Candy Buyback

Rather than see the beloved children of our community consume (on average) more than 4 pounds of candy, the Smile team at Dr. Randy’s would love to buy your candy. Here’s how it works:

  • Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., bring your unopened candy to the practice.
  • Dr. Randy will pay you $1 per pound of candy (up to $5).
  • We’ll donate the candy to Operation Gratitude.
  • It’s that simple!

Mt. Pleasant Costume Contest

Candy aside, we love Halloween. I can wear the craziest stuff to work and people act like it’s normal! If you’re coming by the practice for the buyback, don’t forget to sport your Halloween costume. The top costume will win the great and glorious 2017 Mount Pleasant Bach to Rock Costume Contest.

If you can’t make it in with your costume on Halloween or on November 4 for the buyback, then post a picture of you sporting your outfit on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #DrRandyWantsYourCandy (to make sure we see it).

This year’s prize comes from Bach to Rock, the newest music school in the Mt. Pleasant area. They’ll award a free lesson or class to our contest winner, and they’ll provide entertainment all day for our 2017 candy buyback.

We hope to see you there!