Eau Claire, Wi. (WEAU)-- You may want to think twice before letting your kids dig into all of that Halloween candy from last night. Area dentists have found a new way to fight the war on candy overload. A new tradition has been created in order to keep the sweets out of their hands… while thanking the brave men and women who serve our country.
Last night little ghosts and witches returned home with more candy than they could possibly eat. Now, there is a way that they can get cash for all of that candy.
Lisa Henson is a dentist at Regis Court Dental and has been seeing the same thing year after year. “Basically kids come and they have been trick or treating all night last night and they decide they have way too much candy, parents are actually deciding that part I think,” says Henson.
Henson says families have enough candy to last a year, which can lead to a parent’s worst nightmare… cavities. Regis Court Dental adapted the idea of swapping candy for cash 5 years ago.
“If they have a pound of candy, they get a dollar, if they have 5 pounds of candy, they get five dollar. The whole concept was started by a dentist in Madison and he just started it and just wanted it to expand nationwide in different avenues,” says Henson.
Once all of the candy is collected, it is sent to troops overseas, with a special gift from each trick-or-treater.
“It’s a neat idea too because we are sending this candy over to an organization called Operation Gratitude and they end up packaging really cool care packages off to troops and they send it overseas to places that troops are in. They get a little taste of home,” says Henson.
But it’s the parents who appreciate keeping the sweets out of the hands of their kids.
“They get so much candy that they don’t need all of that so our daughter picks out her favorite and then the rest we bring here. It’s great for the kids to learn too, that they don’t need all of it. That they can keep some and then bring it here and it goes to a great different cause,” says mother Amy Canfield.
“Just imagine all of this candy that would have been stashed away for a year, not really doing much. If we can do something with it, it would be wonderful,” says Henson.
Last year Regis Court Dental raised close to 400 pounds of candy. This year they are hoping to beat that number and send an all-time high overseas.