Halloween Candy Buyback
The Halloween Candy Buy Back (HCBB) program was started with the goal of getting some of the candy “off the streets.” In 2005, I held my first HCBB. The next year, I went to my colleagues and asked if they’d be interested in supporting this endeavor by simply paying $1 for every pound of candy a child brought into their respective offices followed by sending the goodies to the troops overseas. The local responses were fabulous and in the following years – the national response overwhelmed me as well! Hundreds of local news stories led to the event getting featured by Diane Sawyer on ABC News. and most recently on CNN
I have really enjoyed watching this event grow and realizing all it has done for children, dental practices, and the troops overseas who are serving in harm’s way. In addition to all of the good we are doing, we are also having lots of fun! We have partnered with Soldiers’ Angels by shipping all the candy donated along with toothbrushes so troops abroad can receive goodies in their Soldiers’ Angels care packages. Yes! Dental offices nationwide pay the kids for the candy and in return the dentists mail off the collection to Soldiers’ Angels and they sort all the goodies, pack the boxes and ship those boxes to our troops abroad serving the country. More than 130 tons of candy has been collected, over the years, by collaborating with dental offices nationwide and working with Soldiers’ Angels. Please check out the pictures and videos under the Media section to see the highlights from offices around the nation plus the 1,000,000th package celebration.
Thank you for your interest in the Halloween Candy Buyback program and your thoughtfulness in providing the candy to Soldiers’ Angels for the Holiday care packages.