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How you can donate your leftover Halloween candy to the troops

Kids can switch out candy for toys!
Operation Troop Treats

It's days after Halloween and you've found yourself with too much candy. There is a thoughtful way to get those cavity makers out of your house and into the homes of our armed service members serving around the world.

The Kool Smiles dental franchise is coordinating candy collection for their "Operation Troop Treats" program. They take donated candy and sends it in car packages to service members overseas through the Operation Gratitude program.

"Operation Troop Treats" is in their sixth year and "promotes good dental health and gives Atlanta children and families an opportunity to send deployed U.S. troops a “sweet” reminder of home during the holiday season," according to the company.


Children who donate candy can get free toys. Here are the details "Every child who donates 25 pieces of unopened candy in its original packaging at a Kool Smiles office will receive one toy. There is a limit of 3 toys per child and toys will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis."

They are collecting donations between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. during business hours at the following locations:

  • Atlanta/Buford Kool Smiles – 4054 Buford Hwy., NE, Atlanta, GA 30345, 404-477-5665
  • Atlanta/SW Atlanta Kool Smiles- 5495 Old National Hwy., Atlanta, GA 30349, 404-223-5665
  • Atlanta/Candler Kool Smiles- 1756 Candler Road, Decatur, GA 30032, 404-591-5665
  • Atlanta/Forest Park Kool Smiles- 4458 Jonesboro Road, Forest Park, GA 30297, 770-692-5665
  • Atlanta/ Lawrenceville Kool Smiles- 4030 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lilburn, GA 30047, 678-252-5665

Atlanta/Cobb Kool Smiles- 2900 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080, 678-453-5665

In addition to the candy collected, Kool Smiles is donating 200 dental kits for deployed U.S. troops, as well as the funds to cover the assembly and shipment of 200 Operation Gratitude care packages.

For more information on Operation Troop Treats, including the nearest participating Kool Smiles office, please visit www.mykoolsmiles.com/trooptreats.