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Visit Nisswa Smiles to earn cash for candy, support soldiers

This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Nisswa Smiles and receive $1 per pound of candy they turn in. Nisswa Smiles will collect candy from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Dr. Luke Waln will ship the candy to troops overseas ...

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This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Nisswa Smiles and receive $1 per pound of candy they turn in.

Nisswa Smiles will collect candy from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Dr. Luke Waln will ship the candy to troops overseas via Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization based in California.

Each child is eligible to receive $1 per pound up to five pounds for all unopened, uneaten candy. They will also be entered in a contest to win a Three Bear Waterpark package. Nisswa Smiles will provide paper and writing utensils for anyone who would like to create a letter or card for service members.

"Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well," Waln said in a news release. "The practice chose to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back to help parents that want to limit the amount of damage that can be done to their children's teeth. We want to encourage and teach preventative care to save your smile."

Global sugar consumption for kids currently sits at 50 million tons per year, with children consuming as much as seven times their recommended daily intake, which means parents need to be sure their kids' teeth are being cared for more than ever.

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Candy, as well as hurting children's teeth, can also lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

As a veteran himself, Waln appreciated the care packages he received while overseas. They were a little taste of home and provided opportunities for him to connect with the locals by handing out treats.

Nisswa Smiles is located between Rafferty's Pizza and The Totem Pole at 25477 Main St., Nisswa. For more information, call 218-963-6330.

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