2017-10-19 / News

Kids can donate candy to help troops

In an effort to get children to have healthier habits and partake in the season of giving, Coastal Dental, recreation department and The Jamestown Press are teaming up on a candy buy-back program.

The local dentist office will collect children’s Halloween treats in exchange for passes to the town’s summer camp. The candy then will be donated to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude, which sends the sweets to soldiers stationed across the world. Last year, the program distributed a record-setting 533,891 pounds of candy.

All kids have to do is bring in about one-half pound (at least 20 pieces) of their Halloween haul to Coastal Dental, 20 Clinton Ave., either Nov. 1 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or Nov. 2 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and receive a certificate that will entitle them to a day of summer camp in 2018 hosted by the recreation department, a value of $25. Children must be present when the candy is donated.

The idea isn’t that sweets are bad, just that they should be eaten in moderation. In exchange for their candy, kids can enjoy a healthy day of fun activity at camp and take pleasure in the spirit of giving and helping others.

Coastal Dental and The Jamestown Press also will contribute $5 for each donation on behalf of the kids who participate to either the holiday food basket campaign done annually by the Jamestown Rotary Club and St. Mark Catholic Church or the coat drive conducted by Central Baptist Church.

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