Cedar Rock Dental buys back candy, sends goodies to troops

Operation Gratitude a repeat success


For the second year, the fine people at Cedar Rock Dental made kids in the area an offer they couldn’t refuse—cash for Halloween candy. For article- anonymous gentlemen came by with over 140 collector Beanie Babies. Rosemary Jeruzal said the business was all on board when they heard about the promotion and were thrilled to collect extra candy after this year’s Halloween trick-or-treating. The business pays cash for the candy, then ships the sweets overseas to men and women serving in our military.

A surprise donation made this year’s collection extra special as one anonymous donor dropped off two cases full of Beanie Babies.

A carload of seven children came by right after the Squire’s Kym Steffes left after taking pictures of the candy and goodies. “They were very excited to be giving something to the soldier,” said Jeruzal. “Each one had their own bags of collected candy and were geeked and watching me very closely when I was weighing them.  It was a real hoot!  [Of course, I rounded up & made sure every one of them got the same amount—that of the heaviest.]”

Staff at Cedar Rock report that the kids who showed up had a blast with the promotion.  They love the little bag they were given in addition to the money.  This year Cedar Rock Dental also gave a toy, a special Halloween toothbrush, their regular children’s toothbrush, a fancy pencil, and a few sugar-free lollipops.

“We’re still allowing our patients to drop off their collected items,” said Jeruzal.  The entire shipment will go out no later than the day before Thanksgiving.  The office gave out over $200 and many adults refused to take any money for their donation.

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