Dr. Rick Molen, left, weighing candy brought in by more than 482 participants in this year's candy buy-back at Molen Orthodontists. Courtesy photo

Buy-back bonanza at Molen Orthodontics

A literal ton of candy was turned into cash this year.

Kids who brought candy to Molen Orthodontics received $2 per pound, plus additional cash for wearing costumes and donating canned goods for local food banks. Courtesy photo

Molen Orthodontics hosted its 17th annual candy buy-back on Nov. 1, the first business day after Halloween.

Over 2,000 pounds — or a ton — of candy was collected this year, as well as over 700 cans of food for local food banks.

The candy was bought back at $2 a pound, plus an additional dollar for coming in costume and a further additional dollar if the kids donated cans of food; more than $4,500 was given to kids during this year’s buy-back event.

Of course, kids also received a free goodie bag of oral hygiene products to stay healthy.


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