Every kid loves going trick-or-treating for Halloween. And let’s be honest, us moms? We’re not complaining about a good candy haul, either. Still, no one wants their kid going on a weeks-long sugar binge, and hiding it doesn’t really work either; then the only person binging on candy is, well, Mom. So what do you do with the extra candy? The great news is that there are tons of options for candy buybacks! Many dentists in the area team up with Operation Gratitude to take candy donations, which are then included in care packages sent to troops serving overseas. The mission of Operation Gratitude is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face, and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people.
Here are some local options for participating in candy buybacks — and, bonus! Some even offer you cash for your candy. Score!
- Blue Sky Dental Group
14866 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 111
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Candy donations accepted from 8am–4pm on November 1; will pay $1/lb.
- Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store
5 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
From October 27 to November 3, bring new, unopened candy in and receive a 20% discount; one buyback per child.
- West Dentistry
2301 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Candy will be collected November 5 and 6, and kids will receive a gift.
- Kids First Dentistry
4495 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 111
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Drop off between November 1 and November 8; kids receive $1/lb.
- Fishman Pediatric Dentistry
552 Jacksonville Dr
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Candy can be brought to the office on November 1, 2 or 5. Every pound donated gets an entry into a drawing for a FREE Sonic Care for kids and whitening kit for adults.
- Bartram Dental Center
4003 130 Gateway Circle
St Johns, FL 32259
The office will collect candy through November 8.
- Seaside Children’s Dentistry
1100-2 S Ponce De Leon Blvd
Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
Candy will be collected November 1 through the 9. $1 for every pound plus a goody bag with healthy treats! Candy will be donated to troops overseas.
Do you have any other suggestions for uneaten candy? Leave your tips in the comments, and have a happy and safe Halloween!