Orthodontist’s office sends sweets to sailors overseas

Nov 28, 2012
Photo by: Mary Jo Bader An American soldier stationed overseas receives a holiday care package through the military mission Support our Sailors last year. A local orthodontist’s office teamed up with SOS to send about 500 boxes this year.

This year, trick-or-treaters in Mukilteo traded nearly 300 pounds of Halloween Candy for cash through Harbour Pointe Orthodontics’ annual Candy Buy Back.

The candy will go to the military mission Support Our Sailors. The candy is used as packaging material for about 500 of holiday care packages that will be sent to American sailors serving overseas. Some of the candy will also go to the Women and Children’s Shelter in Everett.

The office of Dr. Jacqueline de Leon-Estes also donated toothbrushes and toothpastes to the sailors. This is the third year H.P. Orthodontics has partnered with S.O.S. Last year, 385 boxes were sent overseas.

“It seems like this year there is more meaning to the kids,” Dr. de Leon said. “They understand better the charitable side of it and reaching out to our troops. Some of them have families who are in the service and they even get excited about it.

“I am very proud of the families who worked hard to get their Halloween candy but their hearts are open to and having the understanding that they all [are doing it] for to a good cause.”

each pound of candy to Convoy of Hope for a total of $600. The charity provides disaster relief around the world.

About 325 holiday care packages were sent last year to the sailors aboard the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, through Support our Sailors.

“The George Washington is stationed in Japan when they are not at sea,” said Mary Jo Bader, founder of Support our Sailors. “That means these sailors don’t get back to the states for years.”

Twenty of the boxes went to Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti.

The other 40 were sent to an army platoon in Afghanistan.

Here are a couple of the responses from last year:

“Hi Bill Walsh here and I would like to thank you for the care package. I personally never receive personal mail so it is a nice treat. Thanks so much have a great day!”

Another: “I am writing in gratitude as one of the beneficiaries of your care packages. It was a delight to receive the mail and find so many goodies inside. Thank you for making my day and please also pass on my thanks and regards to your church.”

-Sara Bruestle

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