By Colleen Flaherty

Fort Hood Herald

Centex Orthodontics spared parents and their kids' teeth from extra sugar last week during its Treats for Troops candy buy-back.

The two large bins full of candy collected will be sent to deployed troops.

"It does double good," said Dr. Scott Law, smiling as he observed the balloon tricks of Rainbow the Clown, who entertained children during the buy-back's final evening Nov. 3.

Office staff weighed kids' Halloween candy and paid them a dollar for every pound between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3. They weren't yet sure how many pounds of candy had been collected.

But even a little bit of home goes a long way, Spc. Joshua Carter, Task Force ODIN, said.

The simplest things, such as a pillow or a letter, meant a lot when he was deployed to Afghanistan last year, said Carter, Law's patient who helped out at the event.

And, Carter added, "Any soldier likes candy."

This is Centex Orthodontics' first candy buy-back. Law hopes to make it an annual event.

The buy-back was personal for the Howell children, Deven, 7, Makayla, 5, and Brandon, 3. Their father, Sgt. Mark Howell, who is also part of Task Force ODIN, is deployed to Afghanistan.

They didn't need convincing to part with their candy, mom Heather Howell said.

Deven hopes his dad will receive his donated candy.

"Maybe he will say, 'Thank you!'" he said, opening his arms wide, in mock surprise.

Contact Colleen Flaherty at colleenf@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7559. Follow her on Twitter at KDHfeatures.

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