Huntington Dental Excellence collected an abundance of candy during its third Halloween “buy back” event last week that will be donated to the troops. “We’re trying to brighten their day,” explained Marengo Elementary School second grader teacher Holly Lang, who teamed with two other classes on campus to carry on the tradition this year. Kids streamed through the dental office with bucket loads of sweets for the soldiers, who will also receive handwritten notes from the young, caring students. In return, Huntington Dental Excellece donated goody bags to each students. Candy collected will be sent to Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys, where it will then be sent in care packages to deployed troops. Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.Not only do the packages provide a reminder of the dental office and student’s support for the troops, it also serves to help educate children on the importance of brushing after eating all of those sweets on Halloween. Gin H. GoeI, D.D.S., of Huntington Dental Excellence, hopes to make the candy dropoff an annual event. For more information, visit www.SouthPasadenaDentistry.com or call (626) 441-4339.