Donate Halloween candy to help military

By Karen Billing

Staff Writer

While Dr. Curtis Chan has moved his dental practice from Carmel Country Plaza to Sorrento Valley, he will return to run his third annual Great Halloween Candy Buy Back with North County Dance Arts. The Buy Back helps local children unload the Halloween candy they don’t need for a good cause. The candy is donated to troops overseas and children are given $1 per pound (up to five pounds).

The Buy Back will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, between 3-7 p.m. at North County Dance Arts in Carmel Country Plaza. The child must be present and must have or make a card for the troops in order to receive their cash. Each child will leave with a free toothbrush kit, to brush away any damage from the Halloween candy they kept.

Last year the drive was a big success, collecting 2,280 pounds. A whopping 910 pounds came from the dental buy back, with partners Santa Fe Christian collecting 715 pounds and Ralph’s donating 595 pounds. Santa Fe Christian will again run a candy collection.

Beanie babies and small stuffed animals are also collected along with candy, and children will receive an extra prize for donating a stuffed animal. The troops often use candy and beanie babies to connect with local children in the area they are serving.

This year, for the first time, military serviceman will be at the Candy Buy Back so in addition to writing a heartfelt card, the children can personally say “Thank you” and show appreciation for their service.

North County Dance Arts is located 12750 Carmel Country Rd., Suite #103. For more information, call (858) 481-9090 or visit