Halloween Candy Purchased

Thursday, November 1st 2007, 10:11 am
By: News On 6

The day after Halloween finds a Muskogee dentist buying back Halloween candy for $1 per pound. The News On 6’s Rick Wells reports Dr. David Jones is looking at more than preventing tooth decay.

Three-year-old Evan Borges went trick or treating with his big sister and there's only so much candy you can eat, so he sold the Muskogee dentist two pounds of his candy.

Dr. David Jones says the idea was started two years ago by a Wisconsin dentist. He liked the idea, so he put a sign in front of his office encouraging kids to bring in their candy.

Four-year-old Trinity picked up $6.00. Dr. Jones says there's more to his purchases than preventing tooth decay.

"Obesity is becoming a big problem with kids nowadays. With that is an increase in diabetes,” said Dr. David Jones.

The buybacks seem to be working. There is a big trash can nearly full at the dentist’s office, and they’re just getting started.

Some local businesses have joined the effort. They’re providing gifts for kids who sell their candy. And, there are plans to recycle all that candy.

"Chapter three of the Blue Star Mothers will pick up the candy on Friday and they will be putting it in the Christmas boxes going out in the next two weeks,” said Debra Jones.

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