Dr. Chris Woolaver is pictured with patient Madison Miller, 10. The local orthodontist will pay area children $1 per pound for their Halloween candy.

Several Ahwatukee area dentists are making it easy for kids and parents to enjoy Halloween while avoiding a sugar overload.

Many offices are offering a candy buyback program that awards kids or parents for turning in unwanted or unneeded candy. The collected candy is then sent to military men and women overseas. The following locations are participating:

Halloween Cash for Candy

Dental by Design

4855 E. Warner Road, Suite B9

(480) 753-9063

Dental by Design has been collecting candy for the past two years. Last year the office collected close to 300 pounds. They offer kids $1 for every pound of candy. The office will accept candy for two weeks following Halloween.

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Orthodontist Joe W. Pearson, D.D.S., M. Ed.

16611 S. 40th St., Suite 110

(480) 759-7575

Dr. Pearson’s office will be collecting candy through Nov. 15. For every pound collected (up to 3 pounds) the child will be given five “Pearson Bucks,” which can be turned in for a prize. All candy collected will be sent to Afghanistan.

Operation Buy Back

Dr. Walter Rapacz, DDS

3646 E. Ray Road, Suite B-14

(480) 759-4501

Dr. Rapacz’s office will be collecting candy for four days following Halloween night. When kids turn in their candy they will be paid and both parent and child will receive a goodie bag. The bags contain water, granola bars, tooth brushes, toothpaste and other small items, as well as discounted coupons for Ahwatukee small businesses including Yoasis, Florencia’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Jamba Juice, Papa Murphys and Great Harvest Bread Company. Operation Buy Back is sponsored by Fry’s Food Stores, which provides the water for the bags and the UPS store and Russ George Allstate, which will help provide shipping to get the candy to the troops.

This is the fourth year the office has held Operation Buy Back. In the first year the office collected 125 pounds of candy. Last year, 735 pounds of candy were collected.

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Woolaver Clearsmiles Orthodontics

4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 126

(480) 240-9393

Woolaver Clear Smiles will collect candy from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4. The office will give kids $1 for every pound of candy (up to 5 pounds) and also donate $1 to a school or charity of the kid’s choosing.

This is the fifth year the office has done this candy buyback program. Last year, they collected over 400 pounds of candy. They donate the candy to troops overseas or to local homeless shelters.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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