Every year parents face the dilemma of allowing kids to experience all the fun of Halloween without detriment to their health, specifically their smiles. Asking kids to sit out on the joys of trick-or-treating seems too unfair to many parents who remember the fun from their childhood-- but when considering the toll it takes on their children’s teeth, the cost of cleaning, cavities and braces, and days and weeks of unhealthy, sugary indulgence, the same caring parents cringe at the notion of pillowcases filled with hard candy, chocolate and processed treats. Pediatric dentists, Dr. Jim Carey and Dr. Bart Carey, along with their orthodontic partner, Dr. Jeffrey Jones of Tallahassee Florida, continue to offer a compromise and a solution that keeps young teeth healthy, allows kids to experience all the joy and excitement of trick-or-treating, and to do something wonderful for our hardworking heroes serving overseas. For more than three years, Drs. Carey and Jones have hosted a Halloween Candy Buy Back (http://www.drscareyandjones.com/
As kids, parents, dentists, community members, and Operation Gratitude officials work together, Halloween hauls are collected and exchanged for tooth friendly incentives. The candy is then donated to deployed troops as part of much appreciated care packages. For the past several years, kids throughout Leon and Wakulla counties have shown tremendous support through Drs. Carey and Jones Candy Buy Back, with last year yielding a total donation that exceeded 350 pounds of candy. Over the past three years they have estimated over 1200 pounds of candy donated. Drs. Carey and Jones hope Halloween 2012 will be their best year yet.
While some may be skeptical that kids so willingly participate, it’s truly heartwarming to watch young kids gather and proudly give their Halloween spoils, knowing that they’re doing something kind for others, specifically, the men and women who have given so much in the name of honor and duty to their country. In the past, many children have included notes and cards to accompany their generous contributions—
For Leon and Wakulla county families interested in 2012’s Candy Buy Back for Operation Gratitude, Drs. Carey and Jones will be hosting the event on Monday, November 5th from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. The Candy Buy Back will be held at Drs. Carey and Jones’s Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Tallahassee office, located at 1272 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312. The generous kids who participate can expect to receive lots of goodies and even a chance to win one of two brand new Kids’ Sonicare electric toothbrushes worth over $69.00. As during past events, all candy donations will be collected by weight, with a $1.00 buy back for every pound given ($5.00 maximum buy back). In addition to their candy, kids are encouraged to bring letters, cards, and drawings for recipient service members.
Drs. Carey and Jones are excited to see familiar faces and hopefully many new ones at their 4th annual Candy Buy Back for Operation Gratitude. In the process of preserving young, healthy smiles, they’re hoping to inspire many children to appreciate our brave soldiers far from home. If you’re located in the Tallahassee, FL and neighboring areas of Leon and Wakulla counties, please consider and urge your family to participate in this year’s Candy Buy Back for Operation Gratitude.
Drs. Carey and Jones Candy Buy Back for Operation Gratitude will be held at 1272 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312, on Monday, November 5th from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Complete information can be found on Drs. Carey & Jones’s website: http://www.drscareyandjones.com or by calling 850-893-5177.
Drs. Carey and Jones
Tallahassee, FL: 850 893-5177
Crawfordville, FL: (850) 926-1777