Hibiscus Dental Once Again Partners with Operation Gratitude to sponsor a “Halloween Candy Buy Back” Event  to promote dental hygiene and support US Troops

For the second year, Hibiscus Dental is partnering with Operation Gratitude to promote dental hygiene in kids while supporting US troops with some Halloween  sweets from home while deployed. Our “Halloween Candy Buy Back” event offers children the opportunity to sell their excess Halloween candy for $1 per pound at any of the three Hibiscus Dental Offices. The candy will be sent in care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas via its partner, Operation Gratitude.

Hibiscus Dental promotes proper dental care as part of every family’s Halloween. Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2% annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids teeth are being cared for more than ever. Candy, as well as damaging children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken and damaged braces.

“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating but now their piggy banks will benefit as well. We chose to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program to help parents that want to limit the amount of sugar and teach preventative dental care,” says Dr. Sweta Gunnell. “The added benefit is to be part of an action to support our troops serving overseas this holiday season.”

Hibiscus Dental will be shipping candy via Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3), volunteer-based organization that annually produces over 100,000 care packages for U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way. For the past five years, Operation Gratitude, through the Halloween Candy Buy Back initiative, has encouraged dentists to collect Halloween candy from their patients for donation to the troops.

Candy can be dropped off at any of the three Hibiscus Dental offices (Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, and Suntree/Viera) from Wednesday, November 1st through Friday, November 3rd, during regular office hours. Please check the days open and office hours at the bottom of our website before driving over! The program is open to all children, regardless of whether they are currently Hibiscus Dental patients. All candy must be sealed or wrapped in original packaging.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that sends care packages and letters of support to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, Veterans, New Recruits, Military Families, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. The organization’s mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Military and their families the appreciation and support of the American people. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members.

PR Contact, Beth McKenzie, 866-966-8569