DENISON, TX-One Texoma dentist hosted a candy-buyback event Tuesday afternoon, not only to get the extra sugar out of kids' hands, but also to give troops overseas a little taste of home.
Dozens of local kids came by Lake Texoma Dental Care in Denison Tuesday with bags and boxes full of candy to send to troops overseas as their sweet way to say 'thank you' to those serving our country.
"I feel like they'll be very happy and have a good treat to eat when they get the candy."
Eight-year-old, Colton Potts went to Lake Texoma Dental Care Tuesday to donate all the candy he collected trick-or-treating as part of the 3rd Annual Treats for Troops for Operation Gratitude. Kids bring in their candy, weigh it and get paid a dollar for every pound. Then, all the candy will be sent overseas. Colton was able to get nine dollars for his. His mother, April Potts, said her kids actually liked the idea of giving their candy away!
"They thought it was fantastic. We have family that's overseas in the military and stuff and they're really pretty much for it, so they know it's nice to have a little taste of home when you're away," she said.
The kids also get to send the troops a message with their candy.
Lake Texoma Dental Care's Dr. Steve McAnaney said, not only will getting rid of the extra candy help prevent tooth decay, but it will also teach kids to reach out to those who are serving overseas.
"I think it's important to do this, it coincides with Halloween. The kids get a sense of the importance of our troops that are out there, fighting for our freedom and doing all the things for us and create a better environment for them when they grow up, so it gives them a connection with that," he said.
If you missed Tuesday's event, Dr. McAnaney said they will be accepting candy donations at Lake Texoma Dental Care during business hours until Tuesday.