Donate leftover Halloween candy to Spodak Dental Group

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Don’t know what to do with all your leftover Halloween candy?

Bring it to Delray’s Spodak Dental Group for “Candy for a Cause” to support Operation Gratitude through Nov. 17.

Donated candy will be shipped to to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in Care Packages to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and to First Responders serving here at home.

Dr. Craig Spodak said his team is proud to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween GIVE-Back Program to reduce excess sugar consumption, prevent dental decay, and teach children the importance of saying “thank you” to all who serve.

“This program falls in line with what we teach our patients, as well as what we are doing with our non-profit organization, All-Star Smiles,” Dr. Craig Spodak said.

In 2016, 533,891 pounds of candy was sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution through its care package programs.

“Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 1.9 Million Care Packages that include items such as DVDs, handmade scarves and hygiene products. Halloween candy is a wonderful addition to these packages,” said Operation Gratitude’s founder, Carolyn Blashek. “The candy is a great morale boost for the troops, and a means to create positive interaction with local children. Equally important is that the Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.”

Candy and handwritten letters or drawings to Service Members will be collected at Spodak Dental Group: 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. through Nov. 17 during normal business hours. In addition, Spodak Dental Group will provide paper and writing utensils for anyone who would like to write a letter.