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Charlottesville Dentist Office Collects Kids' Candy to Send to Troops

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The office is accepting candy until November 7 The office is accepting candy until November 7
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A dentist office in Charlottesville is putting a spin on the dreaded trip to get your teeth looked at.

The Halloween-themed program has the goal of making children smile while giving back to our nation's troops.

Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry is holding a candy buy-back program in which children can give away unwanted candy that will then be sent to soldiers.

This is the fourth year the office has taken part in the program.

After giving away their candy, kids opt to either receive a prize or get a coupon for free ice cream.

Staff say they've had children and their parents stopping in with or without an appointment to give away pounds of candy.

“I think it makes kids aware that they're making choices, like especially with diet that can cause cavities, and so by giving it to us at the dentist it's like one more step of them doing something positive for their own health,” Aaron Stump, a dentist at the office, said.

Last year, the office donated 100 pounds of candy to the troops. Right now, it’s at about 90 pounds and is asking for help to beat last year's total.

If you're interested in donating some of your leftover candy, the office is accepting treats until November 7. You can bring them in anytime between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.