Posted: Oct 31, 2013 7:24 AM by Alex Backus - MTN News
Updated: Oct 31, 2013 7:24 AM
GREAT FALLS - Trick-or-treaters gearing up to hit the streets on Halloween may want to put some of the sweets aside for a good cause and some cash.
Great Falls dentist Alan Crist wants to buy back your trick-or-treating candy and send it to troops overseas.
Kids will get one dollar for each pound of candy, up to five pounds, and a free dental goodie bag.
This is the second year the dentistry is partnering with Operation Gratitude to spread some holiday sweets. Last year, more than 80 pounds of candy was collected along with $60 in cash donations.
Dr. Crist says these donations benefit those overseas and also aid in efforts to combat dental decay, which among other factors, is largely caused by sugar consumption: "We all support our military troops, of course, and being here in Great Falls it kind of hits home with us," Dr. Alan explained. "So it kills many birds with one stone. It's a fun thing for the kids to do, gets some of the candy off of the streets, out of the teeth, and we had a good year last year so we thought we'd do it again this year."
You can bring in your wrapped candy or cash donation anytime between Halloween day and November 8th to their office located at 207 Smelter Avenue NE in Great Falls.