Candy buy-back nets about 1,400 pounds of treats for troops

Medical staff display the candy collected at Fairview
Clinics – Maple Grove, one of 11 Fairview clinics that took
part in the Halloween candy buy-back program.
Nov. 14, 2013
Eleven Fairview clinics took part in this year’s candy buy-back program, in which we pay kids $1 per pound for unopened Halloween candy.

The program is intended to help parents moderate their children’s candy intake at Halloween. This year, we received a total of 1,395 pounds of candy that will be donated to military personnel serving overseas.
A thank you to soldiers
One child included a handwritten note with a batch of candy addressed to “Dear soldiers.” It read, in part, “We thank you for protecting are [sic] country. We’d like to give this to you so you may have some sweets.”

Many people who brought in candy didn’t want any money for it, say clinic administrators.

“Several people stopped in to deliver candy and to just say, ‘Thank you for doing this,’” says Lynn Dahl, clinic administrator for Fairview clinics in Bass Lake, Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove. “We can’t wait to do it again next year.”
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