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What should you do with all that Halloween candy?

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Are you "sugar shocked" by how much candy your child brought home from trick-or-treating last night?  Instead of allowing your child to get a sugar rush, how about teaching a positive lesson on giving?

Pediatric dentists across the country are taking part in a candy buyback program.  Many tell the youngsters to bring in their sweet treats to exchange for cash, coupons, even new toothbrushes. 

The candy collected usually is sent to groups that puts the treats in care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas.  Below are some websites to the organizations involved in candy buybacks:

www.operationgratitude.com

www.operationshoebox.com

www.operationstarsandstrikes.org

Another idea to give:  In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, there are sure to be children all along the East Coast that did not get to trick-or-treat.  No organizations have come forward yet to take on a task to deliver candy to children in affected areas.  However, you could send candy to a post office or city hall on the east coast with a note stating what it is for.

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