Troops to receive 250 pounds of donated candy

By Lourdes Vazquez -
Nov. 3, 2009 at 5:03 a.m.

Goliad Dental Care held its first Cash for Candy, collecting 250 pounds.

Goliad Dental Care held its first Cash for Candy, collecting 250 pounds.   LOURDES VAZQUEZ for The Victoria Advocate

GOLIAD - Troops overseas soon will receive about 250 pounds of candy.

Goliad Dental Care held its first Cash for Candy in which workers paid children $5 for every pound of Halloween candy they donated.

The Boy Scout Troop 60 will also receive a $50 donation from the clinic as part of the project.

The Boy Scout troop will send all the donated candy to a platoon overseas.

They have not determined which troops will receive the sweet treats, said Gerry Reyna, registered dental assistant.

On Monday, 180 pounds of candy were collected, with the remaining amount collected on Tuesday.

People donated candy without wanting compensation as well because they wanted to show support to the troops, Dr. Daniel Garza said.

"Really, as many troops as we have over seas, it's valuable," Garza said.

Reyna added that Cash for Candy provided awareness to children and the community.

"We're not just throwing it away," Reyna said.

Scouts hope to ship the candy in time for it to arrive before the holidays.

"I think people forget that they are still there," said Dr. Logan Wood.

Candy is universal and is an ice breaker when the troops are approached overseas by kids, Garza said.

"It lets them know we're on their side," Garza said.

Troops are given the bare essentials, but the thing they request most is candy, Garza said.

Troops just want a piece of home, Reyna said.

Garza hopes through these donations lines of communications will open. He hopes to possibly send baked goods for the holidays.



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