Treats for the Troops collects candy for soldiers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - After a full night of trick-or-treating, many folks have a full house of candy.

Ruopp and Ruopp Dentistry in Cape Girardeau opened their doors to put that candy to a good use.

All the candy collected will be heading to the troops.  By 4 p.m.  Tuesday, they had already collected more than 60 pounds of candy.

Kids also made cards and pictures to send along with the treats.

Kids and adults dropped off candy all afternoon and in return took home and tooth brush and $1 for every pound of candy they donated.

Dr. Patrick Ruopp says it's a great program.

"We send of the candy to an organization in California," said Ruopp.  "They then send it to the troops on the ground in Afghanistan and also pass it out to the kids there.  And by having the kids right the letter we're just showing our appreciation to the troops."

Last year the nation sent 600,000 pounds of candy through this program and it is hoping to send 1 million pounds this year.

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