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Portage dentist partners with Operation Gratitude, offers cash for candy

Portage dentist partners with Operation Gratitude, offers cash for candy. (WWMT/Andrew Bisset)

Trick or treaters who have too much candy in their Halloween haul can turn their sweets into sweet, sweet cash.

Dr. Susan Dennis, a Portage dentist, partnered with Operation Gratitude for the eighth year to send candy to troops serving overseas, their kids at home and wounded soldiers in military medical care.

“We want Michigan kids to have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles,” Dennis said in a release, “Our team is encouraging children to treat our troops with a portion of their Halloween candy.”

Dennis will pay $1 for every pound of new, unwrapped candy dropped off at her office at 8150 Moorsbridge Road, Suite A, in Portage. Candy donors can also sign up to win an iPod Touch.

The candy buyback was offered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2.

The candy is sent to troops over the holidays with a letter thanking them for their dedication.

The buyback at the Portage dentist office has sent over 1,800 pounds of candy over the past seven years to Operation Gratitude.

Dennis said, "It's been like a party in the reception room all day today, with families coming in and celebrating. not only being Halloween and so forth, but the fact that we're going to be doing something better with all that candy."

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