2017-10-26 / Front Page

Kids can donate candy to help troops

Halloween isn’t officially part of the season of giving, but local children still can get in the spirit by donating some of their candy to U.S. troops stationed around the world.

Coastal Dental, the recreation department and The Jamestown Press are teaming up on a candy buy-back program next week.

The dentist office at 20 Clinton St. will be collecting 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 around the globe. Last year, it 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 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.

“Being involved with the candy buy-back program was a no-brainer,” said recreation director

Andy Wade. “Halloween is super fun, especially here in Jamestown, but chances are that your children will come home with more chocolate and candy than they really need. Being able to offer a healthy solution to this dilemma is a win-win for children and their families on the island.”

It also will allow children to see first-hand how his department has expanded its summer programs, Wade said.

So, in exchange for their candy, kids can enjoy a healthy day of fun activity at camp and take pleasure in helping others.

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

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