Cash for Candy program sends treats to troops

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Local dentists take part in a national program called "Cash for Candy."

Dentists says it's a chance to help your kids teeth and even bigger cause!

"I'm going to be a warrior," Clayton Rasche said.

"I'm going to Belle," said Carlee Rasche.

10 year old Clayton and 6 year old Carlee are ready to go trick-or-treating. But even Clayton knows sometimes he has more candy than even he can eat.

"I give them to my mom or my sister," said Clayton.

But this year, he can give his extra candy to someone else and get a sweet deal in return.

"Anybody can come in," said Dr. Janet Ruopp. "They don't have to be a patient. We'll pay them $1 a pound and give them a toothbrush," she added.

That's how the "Cash for Candy" program works.

Ruopp and Ruopp Dentistry in Cape Girardeau is a part of the nationwide drive. "It really means that dentists should be able to rule Halloween," laughed Dr. Ruopp.

She says while she hopes it makes for better checkups, the program serves an even bigger purpose. "Then you take the candy and send it to our troops in harms way," she added.

So this Halloween, your kids can sacrifice some of their sweets to give to someone making a much bigger sacrifice. "The kids are helping the troops and helping themselves by not getting cavities," Dr. Ruopp said.

Ruopp and Ruopp Dentistry is on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. You can take your candy there Tuesday, November 1st, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

They are also asking kids to write a letter to a soldier and bring it in with the candy. Again, children will get $1 for each pound of candy. They ask you do not bring chocolate.

Last year, Dr. Ruopps' drive collected 80 pounds of candy. Nationally in 2010 the program sent 600,000 pound of candy to troops.

They'll get those treats just before Christmas.

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