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Program helps donate Halloween candy to troops


November 1, 2017 | View PDF

Kids can donate their excess Halloween candy to troops overseas and receive cash as part of a Candy Buyback program from Marysville’s Ideal Wellness.

This is the fourth year of the program from the Smokey Point and Mill Creek weight loss clinic.

Those participating receive $2 for every pound of candy they donate. The candy is then given to Operation Gratitude who use the treats in the care packages they send over to U.S. Army members in foreign countries.

Families can drop off their candy until Nov. 11 at the Smokey Point Ideal Wellness at 2639 172nd St. NE, #104 or at their Mill Creek location.

They are open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program is meant to encourage moderation in candy eating during a holiday known for its large amount of chocolate and sweets.

“There’s just way too much sugar out there,” said Emily Countryman, weight loss coach and owner of Ideal Wellness.

“This way the kids can go trick-or-treating and have all that fun, but not have so much candy,” she said, and troops get to enjoy a moderate amount of candy at the same time.

“It’s all about moderation,” she said.

The candy buyback program has grown since it first started, said Countryman.

“Last year was our first year that we were also collecting at our Mill Creek location,” she said.

“We surpassed our previous collection totals,” she said, with more than 100 pounds of candy coming in last year.

“What I didn’t expect was a lot of adults coming in that are giving us all their extra Halloween candy,” said Countryman.

Although the adults don’t need the money, they just “love that they have a spot they can drop off their candy that’s going to a good cause,” she said.

This year’s program includes an increase to $2 per pound of candy.

“We upped our price per pound this year,” said Countryman. “A pound of candy is a lot, so for all that work trick-or-treating we wanted to give the kids a little more this year."–

For every pound of candy that kids donate they will also receive a raffle entry for a $25 Toys “R” Us gift card.

“Kids can also bring in a letter or a drawing to send along with the care packages,” said Countryman.

Operation Gratitude will include those messages in their care packages with the candy, so it is highly encouraged because “the troops love receiving those notes in their care packages,” said Countryman.

This year’s Candy Buyback runs until Nov. 11 as the candy has to be shipped out to Operation Gratitude by mid-November to meet deadlines, said Countryman.

For more information about the local weight loss clinic Ideal Wellness or their candy buyback program call 425-242-6114 or go to their website at


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