A Piece of Halloween Overseas

8 years 5 months 1 week ago Tuesday, November 01 2011 Nov 1, 2011 Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:56:00 AM CDT November 01, 2011 in News
By: Kristen James

COLUMBIA - Kids brought back Halloween candy Tuesday to donate to troops overseas. Keene  Dental Care hosted the event, paying kids one dollar for every pound donated.

Doctor Jonathan Mallott of Keene Dental Care went to dental school on an Army scholarship. He was deployed to Iraq for a year and understands how important the candy and Halloween care packages can be for a solider's moral.

Dr. Mallott practices preventative care instead of treatment. He wants kids to eat less candy, teaching the importance of oral care at a young age. He hopes kids can have fun during Halloween, but keep their teeth healthy by donating to soliders who could use a piece of home while away.

The group collected more than 270 pounds of candy last year. "The first year we got more than 150 pounds of candy," Dr. Mallott said. "Each year it continues to grow."

Dr. Mallot and his staff include toothbrush and toothpaste kits in the care packages they send. He wants soliders to receive the perks of Halloween, while remaining healthy enjoying every piece of it.

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