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Dentist offers to buy candy from kids, ship to troops

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LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - The scariest part of Halloween for dentists isn't a ghost or a zombie, it's all the candy kids eat.

"We decided as dentists, we should take the holiday back," said Dr. Jared Evans of kiDDS dental in Liberty Lake, Washington.

Dr. Evans was tired of seeing cavities, childhood obesity and diabetes he says is linked to the massive amounts of sugar kids eat each year, so he is offering kids $1 for every pound of candy they bring to his office.

"It's just one way we can promote health," he says. "It gives kids a chance to come to the dentist and have fun."

The buy back program is part of a national organization called "Operation Gratitude."

The candy recovered from trick-or-treaters is sent to troops overseas as holiday care packages later this year.

"We do have a lot of military families," said Evans. "A lot of parents are serving overseas when we see the kids and talk to them so it's one way of letting our kids and our families know that we support them."

The kiDDS Dental offices in Liberty Lake and North Spokane are offering to buy the candy on the evening of Monday, November 1 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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