October 31, 2012
As soon as kids collect all the Halloween candy they can Wednesday night, they might want to consider giving it up.
Drs. Rice & Associates is hosting its annual candy takeback on Thursday. Every year, the dental office collects Halloween candy in exchange for $1 per pound.
All the candy collected goes to the troops overseas.
They say the program also teaches kids about dental hygiene.
"It's got two purposes -- one, to keep kids from gorging on candy and hurting their teeth, making cavities and all the other havoc sugar wrecks on them. And also, take that candy and convert it to a gift for troops overseas and give them a little bit of back home," said Dr. Jennifer Rice.
Last year, the offices collected about 400 pounds of candy.
The takeback will take place Thursday, Nov. 1, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the dentists' Nellysford and Crozet locations.