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“Operation Cash for Candy” Fights Cavities and Obesity this Halloween

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The candy kids drop off after Halloween will be sent to troops overseas. The candy kids drop off after Halloween will be sent to troops overseas.
TRI-CITIES, WA- “Operation Cash for Candy” will give kids money for their Halloween candy to donate to troops and to keep kids healthy.

It is the 5th year the operation will fight cavities and collect candy from kids to donate to troops overseas.

A group of healthcare professionals will team up with “Operation Thank You”, a local veterans group, to take that candy away from kids to make them a little healthier.

The event founder, Dr. Lee Ostler said this event would give parents a chance to tell kids why too much candy is not good.

“We were all kids and we know what it's like to hoard it, but too much is too much.  There can be a conversation there that provides parents with the opportunity to help educate and inform their children where the boundaries are and why this matters,” said Dr. Ostler.


Dr. Brent Gill with Columbia Basin Pediatric Dentistry says he teaches kids and parents every day about the negative effects of frequent sugar consumption on their oral health. Having the kids keep a few of their favorite pieces of candy and letting us buy back the rest helps children in our community stay healthier and puts a few dollars in their piggy bank.


Kids will get a dollar for every pound of candy they drop off and write thank-you notes to troops. 

That candy will then be sent off to troops in care packages.  Last year they collected nearly 1,000 pounds.

Find drop-off locations on the events' website at www.operationcashforcandy.com.

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