By Judi Curry
If you are like me and purchased your Halloween candy at CostCo, and not wanting to run out in case your gremlins were going to trick you so you bought two GIANT bags, you probably are wondering what to do with the left-over candy. After all, how many pieces of candy can YOU eat before you say “enough!”
I’ve got the answer for you! While listening to the news the other night I heard that a group of dentists were collecting the left-over candy to send to our troops overseas. At first I started laughing, because who would expect a dentist to collect candy for any reason?
But after meeting Dr. Ana Simerlein and her office manager Kathi, I have some answers to pass on to you.
Last year the San Diego County Dental Society sent out a flyer to their members asking them to collect the candy for our troops. The rationale, among other things, was that it removed the candy from the children – and their parents – thus preventing caries in the ensuing months. The candy, small size, would be perfect for our troops fighting overseas.
Kathi explained that many of the people living in Pacific Beach, where their office is located, are military personnel, and this is showing support for them. This year Kathi went to all of the elementary, middle/jr. high and high school in the 92109 zip code, and left a flyer telling them that Dr. Simerlein would buy back the wrapped, unopened candy at $1 a pound. The office would then ship the candy to the designated areas, at her expense, one week after Halloween.
I went on line to find dentists in my area that are participating in “Operation Gratitude” and found three in the 92109 and 92110 zip codes. (Dr. Simerlein was one of those dentists.) The website to find dentists that are participating near you is http://www.alloweencandybuyback.com/ . Some of the other participating dentists have stipulated they will only buy back 5 pounds; Dr. Simerlein has no such restriction in spite of the fact that $1 per pound she gives out comes from her petty cash account. In my case, I just wanted to get the candy out of the house and told her to donate the $7 to the cause. (Yes, I had a lot of candy left over!)
Dr. Simerlein’s office is at 1919 Grand Ave., Suite 1-P, San Diego, 92109 and her phone number is 858-272-5588. Parking is easy and both she and Kathi are a delight to talk to. (Take a look at the amazing sculpture she has hanging on her wall of pueblos in New Mexico.)
They will continue taking the candy until Thursday, November 7th for the $1 buyback; they will accept candy on Monday, but without the buyback because the shipping process will already have started. (They take donations also.)
I am so relieved to have the candy out of the house; and so happy that our troops will be able to benefit from the buy back.
Thank you Judi, for your candy donation for the troops, and for taking the time to come to our office and meet Dr. Simerlein & me. I appreciate your advice on how to make this event even more successful. I’m sure we’ll be staying in touch in the future.
Kathi, Office Manager for
Ana Simerlein DDS
Thanks, Kathi. I hope you garner a lot of Halloween candy this year, and even more next year. Judi
From Kathi and Dr. Simerlein – Dec. 5th, 2013
The results are in & this year’s Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Buy Back was even more successful than we had hoped for. We collected & donated:
104 pounds of candy
72 bottles of mouthwash
100 tubes of toothpaste
the candy donors also sent 9 thank you cards to the troops
We met new friends Moxley & his brother Jax & their mom Andrea, Flavia & her brother Alejandro & their mom Claudia, Elke & her Mom, Jackson & Beckett & their mom Kathy, our new friend and reporter at large Judi Curry.
The Gillispie School collected a whopping 59 pounds of candy! Kate Sessions School added another 10+ pounds of candy to the collection.
Janner, Kaya & Lowen also brought 5 pounds of their leftover candy for the troops.
Patterson Dental stepped up & donated the toothbrushes, floss & mouthwash, thanks to Tom & Lisa.
Thanks to everyone who shared the event information helping it to be so successful! We are looking forward to next year’s event!
Dr. Simerlein, Kathi & Patrice