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Dentist Launches Candy Offensive for the Troops

Updated: Monday, 31 Oct 2011, 10:04 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 31 Oct 2011, 10:04 PM CDT

HOUSTON - Around Christmas, we hear about the Grinch who stole. But for Halloween, there's the dentist who wants your treats.

Just don't call Dr. Susan Lunson a witch.

"Oh my Gosh, No!" Lunson said. "I love Halloween candy as much as the next person." And she's willing to pay for it -- a dollar a pound as part of "Operation Sweet Tooth."

Tuesday, Lunson wants parents to bring their children and their excess Halloween candy to her Humble area office at 80 Wilson Road.

She's not asking for all your treats, just the extra ones that your child's teeth and waistline could do without.

Lunson says it’s the perfect way for parents to teach their kids lessons in dental health, money-making opportunities and generosity.

"By saying 'Okay, look, you have this much candy, lets keep this candy. Let's go give this candy to someone else. Let's go give it to a soldier'," Lunson explained.

A dentist for 26 years, Lunson is also mom to a 30-year-old Marine sergeant, who has already been deployed five times. Her 26-year-old daughter finished 4 years of active duty with the Army, then joined the reserves.

The military is a big passion for this Blue Star Mom, and all that extra candy she collects will go into special holiday care packages to send overseas.

Representatives from the Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy recruiting offices will also be on hand to help your little ones color and write notes to attach to the packages.

The ladies at the dental office are already showing off the t-shirts they custom designed for the big buy-back day.

Most of them have military ties. Receptionist Kory Guevara is a former soldier.

"It was just awesome to receive anything," she said. "To know that there are people out there that don't know you and just care."

"Dentists, as a whole, don't want to see people not get to enjoy Halloween," Lunson added. "There's a lot of fun things that goes along with the whole idea of Halloween, and it isn't just a matter of eating candy."

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