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Candy buyback benefits kids, troops

 

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Landon Davidson, left, and Payton Davidson, children of Emily Countryman, present some of the candy shipped in last year's Candy Buyback from Ideal Wellness.

Smokey Point weight loss business Ideal Wellness will again be buying your candy this Halloween season as part of a candy buyback program.

The candy will then be donated to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that builds care packages for American troops.

From Nov. 3 to Nov. 14 the business will provide $1 per pound of candy brought in.

In addition, participants will receive a raffle ticket for a $25 iTunes gift card for every pound of candy brought in.

"And this is for anybody who has candy, not just kids. There were parents who came in last year that had leftover candy from what they bought and that's perfectly fine too," said Emily Countryman, owner of Ideal Wellness.

Countryman likes that the event helps take some of the sugar out of Halloween festivities.

Parents can still let their kids eat what they feel is reasonable, said Countryman, but candy buyback programs help curb some of that sugar level down.

"I love getting extra sugar and candy off the street. Americans eat 200 pounds of sugar a year," she said. "The added sugar in our diets is overwhelming."

Kids also receive some bookmarks when donating that give them some diet information about sugar and healthy intake.

"I like that we're not just wasting the candy. We divvy it up and send it overseas in care packages to the troops," she said.

The kids enjoy the program because of the money and because it's a good deed, said Countryman.

"It's not just having their candy taken away from them, it's like they get to give it to someone else," she said.

Kids coming into to donate their candy can also write letters or color pictures that will be sent with Operation Gratitude's care packages.

"A couple of kids did after the fact last year and those were forwarded along, but kids can bring their letter with them when they bring their candy and we'll send those along," said Countryman.

This is the second year for Countryman's candy buyback program and she said she gathered more than 100 pounds of candy last year and hopes to get more than 500 pounds this year.

"The events have gone really well so I hope to keep running this event every year," she said.

Ideal Wellness is located at Smokey Point at 2730 172nd St. NE, Marysville.

They are open on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information go to idealwellnesswa.com.

 

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