Dentists from Carmel Valley Smiles hosted their annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back, this year teaming up with local schools to collect candy with a friendly competition between classrooms. A total of 2,755 pounds of candy was collected and donated to United Service Organizations (USO) San Diego for local troops. Winners of the student competition received dental kits, pizza parties, and earned money for school projects, such as new gym equipment and school gardens. The dentists were able to donate the remaining $600 in toys to AJ’s Kids Crane for Rady Children’s Hospital. 

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