It's the final countdown to the greatest day of the year, according to me... HALLOWEEN!!!! Unfortunately, in the wake of the greatest holiday ever, I find myself at war. With all of the
loot candy the kids have collected, I find myself arguing and rationing acceptable daily allotments and often times bust The Girl for sneaking more than I feel she should have in a day. Grrrrr...
This year, however, that will NOT be the case. Why, you ask? Because if there is one thing The Girl likes better than candy, it's MONEY!!!
It was brought to my attention early this week that there is a really SWEET program called Halloween Candy Buy Back. This program buys candy from kids under the age of 12 for $1 a pound (up to 3#)!!! How sweet is that! In the Twin Cities area, where I live, Metro Dentalcare is hosting this program at 13 of their locations! The buy back will run on Monday, November 2 from 4p.m. - 7p.m. In addition to buying candy from your shorties, Metro Dentalcare will be giving out free toothbrushes, toothpaste, and educational materials to promote dental health! (Did you know that cavities are the most prevalent disease in American children today!!! Yikes!) The candy purchased by Metro Dentalcare will donated to three separate charities - Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas, Second Harvest Heartland, a local food bank that supplies food to food shelves in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and The Harriet Tubman Center, a shelter in Minneapolis.
When looking into the national program, I discovered that dental offices around the country are doing the same thing on the same day and donating candy to very similar types of organizatons. By going to http://www.metro-dentalcare.com/, you can find the 11 participating locations in the Twin Cities. Or if you don't live in Minnesota (I know a lot of you don't), you can go to http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/, enter your zip code and find a participating dentist near you!
I'm so excited for next Tuesday! My kids and I will DEFINATELY be participating! Maybe, finally the post-Halloween candy wars won't ravage my home!!!!!