About Operation Troop Treats

About Operation Troop Treats

Operation Troop Treats is the nation's largest dentist-sponsored Halloween candy exchange benefiting U.S. service members and their families. Since 2012, Operation Troop Treats has generated more than 12 tons of donated Halloween candy and sponsored the shipment of 1,200 care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

From Oct. 28 through Nov. 4, children can visit any participating Kool Smiles office nationwide and donate their Halloween candy for a toy. Kool Smiles sends the donated candy, dental kits, and the funds to cover the assembly and shipment of care packages to Operation Gratitude, which sends the candy to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

troops holding their operation gratitude packages Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3), volunteer-based organization that annually assembles and ships 250,000+ care packages to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Heroes, Caregivers, and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. To date, Operation Gratitude has sent more than 1.8 million care packages.

Since 2007, Operation Gratitude has encouraged dentists to collect Halloween candy from their patients for donation to the troops. The Operation Troop Treats program is the largest Halloween candy exchange organized by a single U.S. dental provider.

"This program provides American children of all ages an opportunity to say thank you to the people who put their lives on the line for our protection, and to experience the values of service and giving in a hands-on and memorable way."

— Carolyn Blashek, Founder, Operation Gratitude

About Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles staff dressed in halloween costumes Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental health provider, Kool Smiles' mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and TRICARE. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations.

"Many members of the Kool Smiles family are current or former service members, so we wanted to find a way to say, 'thank you.' Operation Troop Treats helps our patients, doctors and staff share a smile with those who serve our country each day."