Several Middle Tennessee dentists are participating in a Halloween Candy Buyback program in the days following Halloween to send to troops serving overseas.
"I see the affects that decay can have on children," Dr. Kristin Rushing said.
Upon learning of Operation Gratitude which sends candy to troops, Dr. Rushing started collecting candy at her office by buy buying back Halloween candy.
"We are buying back candy from trick-or-treaters, they get cash, that is their incentive. As a parent you may not want to have candy sitting around for weeks or months afterwards so that is your motivation," explained Dr Rushing.
The candy collected by dentists is shipped to Operation Gratitude which will provide 60,000 care packages for troops serving overseas during the upcoming holiday season.
This year marks the third year in a row Dr. Rushing has participated in the candy buyback.
"We had to do a lot of explaining the first year. People have kind of heard about it a little bit more now and are more familiar with what it is."
The Goodgame family brought a bag full of candy Thursday afternoon.
"I got a bunch," exclaimed five year old Ben Goodgame, who dressed up as Flash Gordon for Halloween.
The Goodgame's bag full of candy weighed nearly five pounds which earned the siblings $5.
Livi Goodgame told Nashville's News 2, this Halloween was her best year ever trick-or-treating and she wasn't sure about giving it away.
"I had mixed feelings about that. First, I was like, 'Aww man! We are giving away our candy.' Then I am like, 'Well, the troops in Afghanistan will get to have some, they don't get to celebrate Halloween.'"
Last year Dr. Rushing collect 100 pounds of candy at her office and hopes that she can get even more this year to send to the troops.
Dr. Rushing's office is located at 4809 Trousdale Drive and they will collect candy until next Thursday.
Click here for a complete list of dentists buying back Halloween candy.
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