Too much candy? Here’s what to do!

After this weekend, and especially after tonight, you may find yourself with an abundance of halloween candy. What to do?

Southwest Ambulance will partner with Operation Gratitude this week to collect Halloween candy for the troops.

Last year, Southwest Ambulance collected 150 letters and 663 pounds of candy for Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization based out of the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California.

Families can write letters to send along with their candy, and will have an opportunity to tour Southwest Ambulance’s Salute our Troops Unit.

The ambulance displays a unique collection of images depicting World War II, Vietnam, an A-10 “Warthog” aircraft, the Boeing AH-64 Apache Longbow helicopter, and a mix of notable, inspirational quotes.

Collected candy and letters will be loaded into the Salute our Troops Unit, then packaged in Southwest Ambulance’s medical supply warehouse and shipped to Operation Gratitude on Veterans Day.

 Drop off info:

East Valley: Tuesday, November 1, 7 to 9 a.m. & 3 to 5 p.m. at Southwest Ambulance Headquarters, 708 W. Baseline Road, Mesa.

West Valley: Thursday, November 3, 7 to 9 a.m. & 3 to 5 p.m. at Southwest Ambulance West Valley Operations Facility, 5222 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale.

One Southwest Ambulance employee participating in the event, Duty Officer Jesse Paez, returned from Iraq in 2010 from a second tour of duty with Army DC02-285 and is grateful for the support.

“Time spent away from loved ones and friends is much easier to manage knowing people are thankful for what we do,” says Paez. “It’s a great boost for morale.”

 Packages from Home, a local non-profit organization accepts items for deployed troops as well. Check their website for locations as well as other  items to donate.

Some local dentists are also supporting Operation GratitudeCheck the Halloween Candy Buy-Back web site for a search tool to locate a dentist near you. Make sure to call first before bringing your candy.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month so many Valley practices like to get in on celebrating Halloween, and spreading awareness, too.

Alan Curtis, D.D.S., M.S., holds a pumpkin decorating contest among his colleagues and their dental and orthodontic practices. Who knew you could design an Angry Birds pumpkin or fit a Jack-o-Lantern with braces?

Curtis donated many of the finished Jack-O-Lanterns to the Cardon Children’s Medical Center lobby. I was there last week to shoot an upcoming  RAK video, and I couldn’t resist posting these photos.

Among the most creative dental practices who did the donating were Drs. Creech, Ball, Sherrill & Clark from Pediatric Dental Specialists, Drs. Blocher and Price,  Dr. Loan H. Doa from Smilecare Dental,  Sunwest Dental Centers,  Drs. Anita Elliott and Chad Fine from Elliot Dental, Drs. Jones and Nesbit of Jones Family Dentistry, Drs. Michael Margolis and Stephen Kovar of My Dentist.

Happy Halloween!


One response to “Too much candy? Here’s what to do!

  1. What an excellent idea, I hope we can find something similar in our region!

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