Kool Smiles to send candy to troops overseas

One local dentist is taking Halloween candy away from kids for a good cause.  

You can trade in 25 pieces of candy for a toy at Kool Smiles in Roanoke. 

All of the candy they collect will be sent to troops overseas along with dental kits. 

Kool Smiles has 125 locations nationwide participating in this drive. 

They say you don't have to be their patient to send a soldier a sweet reminder from home. 

"We send the candies to Operation Gratitude and they combine the candies with dental hygiene items like dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other toiletries," said Carol Beckner. 

The Roanoke office alone collected over nine thousand pounds of candy last year.  

They're hoping to double that amount this time around. 


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