West Michigan dentists are giving kids a chance to earn money by donating candy to our troops through the Halloween Candy Buyback Program.

The Halloween Candy Buyback Program is a national program which continues to grow each year. The program has worked with Operation Gratitude to send over 130 tons of candy to our troops since 2005.

Kids can earn a few bucks and show support for our troops while giving away candy that they probably don't really need anyway. This will be the third year my kids have participated. They look forward to donating each year. They also look forward to the suspense that comes at candy weigh-in time.

Most programs offer $1 per pound with a limit on the number of pounds. Some also offer additional activities for kids to enjoy as they turn in their candy.

The hours candy donations are accepted varies.

Dental offices participating this year include:

Nylaan Dental
5011 Plainfield Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: (616) 361-7317

  • November 1, 4PM - 6PM. $1 gold coins for each pound of candy.

Contemporary Family Dental - Grand Rapids
2005 Breton Rd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546
Phone: (616) 726-1271

Contemporary Family Dental - Hudsonville
3250 Central Blvd
Hudsonville, MI, 49426
Phone: (616) 669-6600

Hudsonville Dental Associates
3250 Central Blvd.
Hudsonville, MI, 49426
Phone: (616) 669-6600

  • November 1, 3PM - 6PM. $1 per pound. Five pound limit.

Little Smiles
1203 S. Beechtree
Grand Haven, MI, 49417
Phone: (616) 850-3950

  • November 1st - 3rd, 8AM - 6PM. $1 per pound. Another $1 per pound is also donated to the local school donor's choice. Top collecting school wins an additional $500.