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Springfield Dentist to Pay Kids for Uneaten Candy
Springfield Dentist to Pay Kids for Uneaten Candy

A dentist in Springfield is offering cash for candy.

Dr. Matt VanderMolen says kids get too much candy on Halloween, so on Friday and Saturday at his office, he’s offering them $1 a pound, up to five pounds, for candy they don’t want.

“We can all remember as kids, and if you have kids of your own or grandkids you know they always come home with way more candy than what they need, so this is an opportunity for kids to enjoy Halloween, go out and trick or treat, enjoy some candy, but the excess candy is gonna go to a good cause rather than eating way too much of it,” he said.

That cause is called Operation Gratitude, which packs the candy in with other goodies and sends it to U.S. troops serving overseas. VanderMolen figures a lot of kids will bring in the five-pound limit.

The cash for candy is a national effort, but he says this is the first time his office is participating.

The office collecting the candy is Advanced Dental Care, 4701 W. Wabash Ave., Springfield, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.