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River Falls children donate 200 lbs of candy in buyback event

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 11/03/2014
Addie Logelin, Addy Wettleson, Chad Cernohous and Samantha Bluhm

Addie Logelin, Addy Wettleson, Chad Cernohous and Samantha Bluhm start the formidable task of sorting the chocolate candy from the non-chocolate varieties.

Heathley and Ainsley Neuhaus took time to design cards to accompany their candy overseas to U.S. troops.

Pediatrician Dr. Amber Morgan, working alongside dentist Dr. Sarah Bogel, pays Hannah Jarocki for the candy she turned in.

There were no tricks—just treats—in Saturday's Candy Buyback Event.

River Falls children (and some adults) turned in 201.4 pounds of their Halloween candy to receive $1.50 per pound for their surplus Twizzlers, Reese's peanut butter cups, Tootsie Rolls and more, thanks to the event sponsors Main Street Family Dental, River Falls Area Hospital and Vibrant Health Family Clinics.

All candy turned in at the event, held in the lobby of River Falls Area Hospital from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday (Nov. 1), will be sent through Operation Gratitude to armed forces serving overseas, along with toothpaste and toothbrushes.

"We know that one in three children in America is overweight or obese, so the candy buyback is a great way to enjoy Halloween in moderation," said pediatrician Dr. Amber Morgan, who worked alongside dentist Dr. Sarah Bogel to weigh the candy brought in and give payment to children.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

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