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Local businesses offer candy buyback programs


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Payton Davidson, left, and Landon Davidson, children of Emily Countryman, owner of Ideal Wellness, pack some of the candy gathered during last year's candy buyback.

Families with excess Halloween candy can drop it off at two local businesses which are offering candy buyback programs which pay for every pound received and donate it to a local charity.

Ideal Wellness

The Marysville and Mill Creek nutrition business will be collecting Halloween candy for the third year from Nov. 1 to Nov. 12.

Ideal Wellness owner Emily Countryman said the event went well last year.

"Lots of different kids, and lots of different adults even came in with their leftover candy so it wasn't just sitting around the house," she said.

Kids will receive $1 per pound of candy they bring in. In addition to money, kids also receive a raffle ticket for each pound they donate. The winner of the raffle receives an iTunes gift card.

Countryman works with Operation Gratitude, an organization that builds care packages for those serving in the U.S. military.

"They absolutely love getting all this candy," said Countryman, who said they also collect other donations (such as toiletries) from additional sources and send them in packages.

"So it helps the troops as well, we're not just throwing the candy away," she said.

Children can also write or draw a letter to be included in the package, said Countryman.

Countryman said in addition to helping the troops the candy buyback program makes Halloween not quite such an unhealthy holiday.

"It helps get that sugar out of the house, because there is just such a sugar overload after Halloween," she said.

When kids come in they can also get to know a little bit more about sugar and its effects on the body.

Countryman collected around 100 pounds last year and hopes to collect at least that much this year as well.

The Marysville Ideal Wellness is located at 2639 172nd St. NE #104.

Bourne Orthodontics

Marysville's and Lake Stevens' Bourne Orthodontics offices will also collect Halloween candy on Nov. 1, 2, 3 and 7.

Bourne's office pays $2 for each pound of Halloween candy and an additional $2 is donated to the Marysville YMCA and the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club.

The Marysville office is at 815 State Ave. #3 and is open on Nov. 1 and 3. More information by calling 360-659-0211.


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