Sterling Dentist Paying Kids to Hand Over Halloween Candy

Sending the candy to troops abroad

By Ben Cushman
|  Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 12:19 PM EDT
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Dentist Paying Kids to Hand Over Candy

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Did your kids strike the motherlode Monday night while out trick-or-treating? 

A lot of children around the area did.  If you don't want them eating all of that candy and putting themselves in a sugar coma, you might be able to convince them to get rid of it, and make a little money in the process. 

Cascades Center for Dental Health in Sterling, Virginia is collecting all that junk food.  For every pound of sweets kids bring in, the dental center will give them a dollar. 

Kids will also get a goody bag that includes a flashing firefly toothbrush, and they are entered in a contest to win a new iPod. 

You don't have to worry about wasting that candy either.  The dental office is donating it all to our troops overseas, as part of Operation Gratitude.  The Cascades Center says it's a win-win situation, since they are rewarding kids for laying off the sweets, while giving back to the community. 

Last year, they sent over 600 pounds of candy to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This year, they hope to send even more.  If you or your kids want to take part, just drop off your candy at 46302 McClellan Way, in Sterling, today. 

They will be accepting donations between 3 and 7 pm.  If you have any questions, you can give them a call at 703-444-5095, or go to cascadesdental.com.

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