Contact: Jane Sept, office manager 503-363-5865,

Candy for a Cause: Halloween Candy GIVE-Back
Program Underway at Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry

Children Give Back to Troops & First Responders
by Donating Candy to Operation Gratitude

Salem, OR (Oct. 30, 2017) Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of U.S. Troops and First Responders is a win-win for children, parents and dentists alike.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the nation when they bring their Halloween candy and handwritten letters of gratitude to our troops to Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry at 1105 12th St. SE. The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in care packages to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas in harm’s way, and to First Responders serving here at home.

Dr. Sean Cooper and Dr. Amanda Day of Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry, are proud to participate in the Operation GIVE-Back program to reduce excess sugar consumption, prevent dental decay, and teach children the importance of saying “thank you” to all who serve.

Americans will spend an estimated $2.7 billion on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2016 alone, 266 tons of that candy was sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution through its Care Package Programs.

“The Halloween Candy GIVE-Back gives children of all ages an opportunity to say thank you to the people who put their lives on the line for our protection, and to experience the values of service and giving in a hands-on and memorable way,” said Carolyn Blashek, Founder of Operation Gratitude. “We’re excited to partner with Americans nationwide to send candy, smiles, and a whole lot of gratitude to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and to First Responders here at home.”

Candy and handwritten letters or drawings will be collected. Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry will be providing the materials for anyone who would like to write a letter or submit a drawing. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 8.

About Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry:

Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry (SPD) specializes in comprehensive dental care for patients ages 0-14. SPD provides a variety of procedures and treatments including checkup, exams, tooth-colored fillings and crowns, dental sealants, air abrasion, laser dentistry, laser frenectomy/tongue tie release, general anesthesia and oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide and thumb-sucking treatments. Additionally, SPD is certified in pediatric advanced life support (PALS). The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by a dentist by the age of 1 or within six months after the first tooth comes in. Visits or call (503) 363-5865 for more information

About Operation Gratitude:

Operation Gratitude is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 200,000+ individually-addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have assembled and shipped more than 1,800,000 care packages. Visit for more information.

Jane Sept
Office Manager
Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry


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