After a successful night of collecting candy, there are ways to prevent a possible sugar overload. For one day only you have the option to bring in your leftover candy to Children's Dental Center and sell it for $1 per pound.
"I think it's great and I think it's something that has been generally well received and it's a great addition to care packages. They put a bunch of stuff in there and it's nice to throw in some candy and make people happy," Dr. Damon Thielen said.
Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends over 100,000 care packages annually to the troops overseas. Some of the care packages include: letters of appreciation, snacks and some extra Halloween candy.
"We have been doing this for a few years and we decided what a great benefit it would be to get the kids involved and to also combine it with a great cause, Operation Gratitude. And from the orthodontic prospective, we jumped on board right away as another way to serve our community and we thought it would be a wonderful cause and to tie in with October being Orthodontist Awareness Month," Dr. Aaron Anderson said.
Organizers say they collected around 300 pounds of candy last year. Parents like Angie Scholl, who are interested in giving back, think it's a good idea and a healthier option.
"I'm happy about it. I buy gold fish crackers to hand out to kids just so they don't have that extra candy and I work at a daycare center too. I'm a big one for not having so much sugar," Scholl said.
And Scholl can personally relate to this cause.
"I have some friends that have husbands over in Iraq serving right now and I think it's a great opportunity they are always putting together care packages," Scholl said.
If you're interested in trading your extra candy for Treats for Troops, stop by the Children's Dental Center located at 3813 South Kiwanis Circle in Sioux Falls from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.