By Stefanie Bainum
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – Halloween is a holiday many kids look forward to all year, including 10-year-old Pleasant Ballenger.
"I'm going trick-or-treating with my friends and I'm dressing up as a skeleton, but with a black robe," Pleasant Ballenger said.
Halloween is a night kids get to stay up late and, of course, go door to door searching for those sugary treats. But this year, Pleasant is trying something new--he's selling all that sugar to his dentist and getting a sweet reward.
"You give them your candy that you don't really want and they give you money for it and they help the troops," Ballenger said.
Water's Edge Dentistry is hosting their 5th annual Candy Buy Back event where kids get a dollar for each pound of candy they sell. All the treats are then sent overseas to U.S. military troops.
"It's more about what they are doing for their country which is great, the parents really explain to them that it goes to the troops and we reiterate that and it creates a good atmosphere and kids know it's going back to the community," said Mark Janowiak of Water's Edge Dentistry.
"I've never heard about this way to support them. It is a nice way to do it," Ballenger said about sending his candy to the troops.
And of course, eating fewer fun-sized treats means healthier teeth, which has the dentist smiling.
"There is so much sugar in candy, especially sticky candy. It stays on the tooth and causes cavities and that is what we call cavity bugs that stays on your teeth and eats away at the enamel and ends up causing tooth decay," Janowiak said.
The Candy Buy Back event is being held at Water's Edge Dentistry on Thursday November 1st from 4 to 7pm. You don't have to be a patient to participate; anyone can come and sell their candy for cash.
Water's Edge Dentistry is located at 1203 Two Island Court, Suite 101 in Mount Pleasant.