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Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching them the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude’s Care Package Programs is a win-win for kids, parents and dentists.


This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude via Cook Family Dentistry. The sweet treats will be included along with handwritten thank you letters in care packages sent to U.S. service members deployed overseas, veterans, and first responders serving in their local communities.


Dr. Cassidy Cook is proud to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween GIVE-Back Program to reduce excess sugar consumption, prevent dental decay, and teach children the importance of saying thank you to all who serve.


“This is a great way to give back to those who are serving overseas in the military and those who are serving our communities as first responders,” said Dr. Cook. “We’re happy to give back to them in some small way by donating extra candy and toothbrushes, and we hope it makes them smile.”


Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2017, more than 400,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s heroes through its care package programs.


Candy and handwritten thank you letters will be collected at Cook Family Dentistry at 2441 U.S. 98 Suite 107 in Santa Rosa Beach Monday, Oct. 29, through Thursday, Nov. 8, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.


Operation Gratitude is also accepting donations of dental floss and travel-sized toothpaste, as well as pens for deployed troops writing letters home during the holidays. Visit for more info.

– Meagan Atwood


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