COLUMBIA — For 12 years, Dr. Scott Robinson has been encouraging his patients to give up their Halloween haul in order to keep the sticky, hard candy out of their braces.
“We want our patients to have fun trick-or-treating, but we don’t want them to eat things that are going to break their braces,” said Laura Edwards, a receptionist at Robinson and Ries Orthodontics.
On Nov. 1, Robinson and Ries Orthodontics will offer prizes such as movie tickets, pizza and money in exchange for donated Halloween candy. This year’s candy donations will go to the Boys and Girls Town of Missouri.
“We think that they’re really good organization and deserving of something to make their day fun,” Edwards said.
In the past, the orthodontists office donated to Hurricane Katrina victims and soldiers overseas.
Last year, the candy collection added up to 90 pounds, but it isn’t unusual to collect more than 100 pounds, Edwards said.
Patients of Robinson and Ries can drop off candy on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the office, 1609 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite B.
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