Children’s Dentistry of Forest Park set a new record for its Annual Candy Buy Back program by accepting over 700 pounds of candy to encourage troops overseas during the holiday season.
Each year, Dr. Jerry Udelson’s practice encourages ORPF-area kids to donate leftover Halloween candy by paying out $1 per pound (up to 10 pounds). All of the candy that is accepted by Children’s Dentistry is then sent overseas to U.S. military men and women along with personalized notes from the kids who participated.
“Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing and flossing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth and body a health boost,” said Dr. Udelson. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.”
In its fifth annual year, Children’s Dentistry accepted more candy than it ever has. Entire schools worked together to see how much candy they could donate in a friendly competition. Julian Junior High in Oak Park and St. Vincent of River Forest, who donated 161 pounds of candy, were among the top contributing schools, according to a press release.
The date has yet to be set for the Candy Buy Back program in 2016. For more information on Dr. Udelson, read our Know Your Neighbors article. For more information on Children’s Dentistry, visit the official website of the practice.