Published October 30, 2013
Dentistry features candy drive for troops
By Cari DeLamielleure-Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST BLOOMFIELD — In conjunction with Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to U.S. soldiers overseas, Orchard Maple Family Dental will host its second annual Halloween candy drive Nov. 1-2.
This year, the dental practice sought out community businesses, which have shown generous support, to be a part of the festivities, said Dr. Warren Woodruff, a dentist at Orchard Maple Family Dental.
“The main focus is promoting oral health, and the kids don’t have to feel like they’re giving all of their Halloween candy away,” he said. “We want them to understand that we’re donating it to the troops.”
Last year’s candy drive was shockingly successful to the dentists as they collected more than 200 pounds of candy from approximately 50 families.
The candy drop-off will take place 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Donors will receive $1 per pound of unopened candy up to five pounds, and kids attending will have the opportunity to write a letter to the soldiers and have their faces painted.
Teaming with the dental office in promoting a healthy lifestyle and good oral health, Warren Woodruff said that Whole Foods West Bloomfield will provide healthy snacks for guests Nov. 1, and toothbrushes, prizes from the toy box and oral health tips will be handed out.
The sponsor list also includes Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Powerhouse Gym West Bloomfield, Face Flair, Noodles & Co. and Zoe’s House of Pancakes.
Saturday’s activities will include music from an on-site radio station and raffles for a pair of silver earrings valued at $99 from Tapper’s, a Powerhouse Gym membership valued at $119, and items donated by Whole Foods.
People who donate candy will have their names placed in the raffles.
A pancake breakfast will be donated by Zoe’s House of Pancakes on a first-come, first-served basis to Halloween candy buyback supporters starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 2.
Warren Woodruff said that sponsors are still needed for monetary donations to cover shipping and weighing costs, which exceeded $500 last year.
When Orchard Maple Family Dental hosted events to promote the candy buyback, they were questioned about the soldiers’ teeth, but Dr. Amira May Woodruff, wife of Warren Woodruff, said that each care package will only contain a few pieces of candy.
“We just try to remind everyone that Operation Gratitude sends care packages of everything — care products, candy, supplies, whatever they need.”
In addition, the Woodruffs said that they have also heard that the soldiers hand out the candy they receive to children in countries that do not have the luxury.
Those who wish to donate for shipping and weighing costs can do so until Nov. 2. Trick-or-treaters are welcome to bring their own greeting cards for the soldiers or create a personalized card on site.