Did your kid haul in way too many Tootsie Rolls or jawbreakers trick-or-treating Halloween night?
If your child can spare a pound or two, they can trade in their candy for a few bucks at two Fresno dental offices Wednesday through Friday. The dentists are among many nationwide who buy candy from children and donate it to nonprofit organizations that then send the sweets to first responders and U. S. soldiers overseas.
Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that organizes a nationwide buy back, received and distributed 533,891 pounds of candy last year.
Fresno dentist Dr. Treva Lee, 2630 N. Fresno St., Suite 101, will buy back candy from children ages 12 and younger for $1 a pound. Collection times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.
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Willow Dental Group, 6753 N. Willow Ave. in Fresno, is paying $2 a pound of candy up to $10. Collection time is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The office collected more than 600 pounds of candy last year and is looking to top that amount this year.