How It Works

How It Works

Operation Troop Treats is a national Halloween candy exchange benefiting U.S. service members and their families, hosted by children's dental provider Kool Smiles in partnership with Operation Gratitude.

Here's how it works:

  1. From Oct. 28 through Nov. 4, children and families can visit any participating Kool Smiles office during business hours to exchange their Halloween candy for a toy*.
  2. Kool Smiles collects all the donated Halloween candy and sends it to Operation Gratitude.
  3. Operation Gratitude ships the candy to U.S. troops stationed overseas in care packages filled with letters of appreciation, food, entertainment, toiletries, handmade items, and other sweet reminders of home.

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*Children will receive one toy for every 25 pieces of unopened candy in its original intended packaging (individual sticks of gum, for example, will not be accepted). There is a limit of three toys per child. Toys will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.