Donate Your Unwanted Candy to the Troops

by Lori. LAST UPDATED ON


Operation Gratitude – Halloween Candy buy back program

Many dentists will buy back your unwanted candy and then send the candy to our troops. What a great program! The participating dentists will give you $1.00 per pound for up to 5  pounds per person.

The program is called Operation Gratitude and click HERE to read the details and to find a participating dentist in your area.

How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way
  • To find a dental practice in your area, use the zip code “look-up” feature to see if there is a dental office participating close by. SUGGESTION: Call the practice before driving over with your Halloween candy as many have concluded their buyback event and are no longer accepting candy.

Happy Halloween to all of you! Stay tuned for lots of debt-free Christmas ideas. I will be searching for low cost and practically free ideas for holiday gift giving, decorating and celebrating.


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