May 19, 2022

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Elite Dental in Apple Valley offers cash for Halloween candy to support U.S. military members

While some dentists loathe Halloween candy for its potential harm to teeth, a dental office in Apple Valley plans to use the sugary treats to put smile on the faces of American military members.

Father-and-son doctors Gregory and Vincent Olafsen said they and their staff at Elite Dental are participating in an annual and popular Halloween candy buy-back program.

Candy collected by the Elite Dental crew will go to the nonprofit Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to U.S. service members deployed state-side and around the world, according to Rachelle Olafson, Gregory Olafsen’s wife.

“We know there are families out there with piles of candy that probably won’t be eaten,” Rachelle Olafsen told the Daily Press. “We’re giving visitors $1 for every pound of candy they donate to us.”