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Earn cash for your candy and support a soldier

Local dentist takes a stand against sweets this Halloween

Posted: October 22, 2013 - 3:28pm

One area dentist is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.”

This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Nisswa Smiles and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Luke Waln has joined the movement to reduce gingivitis and anti-decay by giving away dollars in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. The practice chose to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back to help parents that want to limit the amount of damage that can be done to their children’s teeth. We want to encourage and teach preventative care to save your smile,” Waln said.

Candy will be collected at Nisswa Smiles from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. The candy will then be shipped to troops overseas via Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization based in California.

Each child is eligible to receive $1 per pound up to five pounds for all unopened, uneaten candy. They will also be entered in a contest to win a $100 Best Buy gift certificate. Paper and writing utensils will be provided for anyone who would like to create a letter for service members.

As a veteran himself, Waln appreciated the care packages he received while overseas. They were a little taste of home and provided opportunities for him to connect with the locals by handing out treats. He welcomes opportunities to repay that generosity and gives back to the community in many ways.

He is involved in the Nisswa Cub Scouts, a First Responder, a volunteer firefighter, a volunteer at Nisswa Elementary School for the Junior Great Books program as well as helps to spearhead the new WatchDOG program (Dads Of Great Students). He is a member of the local Lions Club and American Legion chapters, and a supporter of numerous community events.

For more information, call 218-963-6330 or visit Nisswa Smiles online at www.NisswaSmiles.com. Nisswa Smiles is located between Rafferty’s Pizza and The Totem Pole, at 25477 Main St., Nisswa.

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