ELYRIA — All that candy that came home with local trick-or-treaters Thursday does not have to stay there.
In order to prevent some of that excess candy from going to waste and to promote good dental hygiene, Elyria dentist Scott Nagy will once again host a candy buyback. Kids can come in costume and sell their candy to Nagy and his staff for $1 per pound, with a maximum of 5 pounds per child.
The buyback will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Nagy’s office at 406 Ohio St.
The candy will be put toward a good cause — sent to soldiers stationed overseas through the USO, a national nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and entertainment to United States troops and their families. Children also can make cards for the soldiers with construction paper.
Nagy said local companies and schools also can donate their excess candy to the cause.
“The first year we did it, we found that people wanted to connect and do something positive and help the troops,” he said. “It became a conduit for people, but our first little buyback was just our way of doing something goofy in the community. It was the irony of having a dentist buying candy to get the sugar off the streets.”
The candy buyback is in its seventh year.
Last year, Nagy’s office collected 300 pounds as efforts were hampered by superstorm Sandy. In 2011, nearly 1,000 pounds were collected.
During this year’s event, a banner bound for the 2014 Boston Marathon will be hanging in the office. Residents are welcome to sign and offer well wishes as the banner will be displayed with others from across the country at next year’s race.
The Boston Strong banner is the same one that was on display in April following the Boston bombing.
Nagy and his wife, Kathy, were in Boston and very close when the bombs went off. Nagy said he felt the blast and Kathy had just finished the race and saw the smoke as she walked back to the finish line while moving to the designated family meeting area.