Halloween treats going to war inside gift packages

Ever wonder why jack-o’-lanterns have bad teeth?

Dr. Glen Dean knows.

“All of this candy, just high sugars, it is not good,” he said.

Candy is so frighteningly bad for teeth that Dean, a dentist who owns Glen R. Dean DDS, 2525 N. Eighth St., is determined to buy back all the Halloween candy he can afford.

From 7:30 a.m. today until closing, Dean will offer all trick or treaters $2 for every pound of candy they bring him.

“The kids probably will not be happy about it,” Dean said.

But it is all for a good cause. The candy, which must be unused and in original wrappers, will be given to Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. The candy will be used by the organization as packing insulation, instead of Styrofoam, in care packages sent to troops overseas.

The military does not allow Styrofoam because it is difficult to dispose of, said Wendy Hoffman, national president of Blue Star Mothers.

The candy is used by troops as a taste of home, but also as a tool to help them get home safely.  “We have heard that a lot of times the troops give it to the little kids,” Hoffman said.  Often those children, appreciative of the treats from their American friends, will tell troops where explosive devices are hidden, thereby saving many lives, she said.  “If it can help just once then it is worth it,” she said.    Dean said he hopes the children of the Grand Valley will show pride in their country and give up their treats to help soldiers they may never meet.


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