MARYSVILLE — In its ninth year, the Bourne Orthodontics Halloween candy buy-back program yielded more than 1,300 pounds of trick-or-treating goodies from area families looking to save their kids from cavities and damage to their orthodontic devices.
In the eyes of Dr. Jason Bourne, this program is a success not only for the kids, who get $2 for each pound of candy they bring in and avoid tooth decay along with broken braces, but it's also a big win for the multiple charities to which Bourne Orthodontics donates an additional $2 per pound of candy that they take in.
This year, $2,600 was given to the Marysville YMCA and Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club, while a large portion of the candy itself will be sent to American troops serving overseas — letters from several such troops are posted online at www.bourneorthodontics.com — after being sorted and packaged by Arlington local Mary Welsh.
"We are fortunate enough this year to be able to donate the candy to other service groups as well," Bourne said. "Christian Ministries in Africa plan to take some of the candy with them on their next trip to Nairobi to give small amounts to the local children, while providing HIV/AIDS education to the Kenyan people. Another portion of the candy will be used by Heartbeat: Serving Wounded Warriors and put in the Christmas stockings of 1,000 wounded servicemen and women at the VA hospital, as well as hospitals at Fort Lewis. The last portion of candy will be sent to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and used as special treats for people undergoing cancer treatment."
Since its inception, the Bourne Orthodontics Halloween candy buy-back program has donated just shy of 7,900 pounds of candy and more than $15,000 to community organizations.