ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care in underserved communities nationwide, today announced a record-breaking 8,651 pounds - more than four tons - of candy collected during its fifth annual Operation Troop Treats. The program offered children the chance to exchange their Halloween candy for a toy at participating Kool Smiles offices nationwide. In collaboration with Operation Gratitude, the donated candy will be sent in care packages to U.S. troops abroad, delivering smiles to thousands of American heroes. To date, Operation Troop Treats is the largest Halloween candy exchange by a U.S. dental provider.
"This year's Operation Troop Treats was our biggest and best one yet," said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. "It's heartwarming to see so many children and families in our communities giving up their Halloween candy for a good cause. We're excited to help promote good dental health habits here at home while bringing smiles to American service members deployed overseas." The Kool Smiles family includes many veterans, in addition to active duty servicemen and women. Delivering quality care to military families is of utmost importance to the children's dental provider, which accepts TRICARE dental insurance for military members and has several dental offices located near military bases. Operation Troop Treats is a small way for Kool Smiles to help share a smile with those who serve our nation each day. In 2015, kids donated three tons of candy for the troops at Kool Smiles offices nationwide. This year's collection exceeded that amount by more than 2,000 pounds.