Our team at Wellesley Dental Group is extremely grateful for another successful community candy drive, which could not have been possible without YOU, our community! The 11th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops was even bigger and better this year. For more than a decade our communities have gathered together for this sweet celebration to collect thousands of pounds of candy, a load of thoughtful messages, and oral hygiene kits, that will be sent to the U.S. troops overseas to express our gratitude for all that they do to keep us safe. We are so thankful for the generosity that our community organizations, businesses, schools and school children have shown through their keen participation in this cause - we couldn’t have done it without you all!
[caption id="attachment_10872" align="alignleft" width="402"] A record-breaking 12,238 pounds of candy![/caption]
This year we had an enormous amount of participation. Our hour-long community press event took place on November 9th at 10 am, at our office (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley). We had 13,749 students involved and we collected 12,238 pounds of candy from over 43 schools, and numerous other individuals and organizations. We are honored to promote bridging our communities together for a good cause and to celebrate the spirit of giving.
For those who were unable to attend or who would like a recap of the celebration, check out our video coverage here.
Also, check out some unforgettable moments of the event:
Candy Collection: November 1st-8th
Following Halloween, tons of candy and heartfelt notes began pouring into our office, so much so that we needed a U-Haul to store it all! This awesome initiative began out of a desire to encourage children to eat less candy and instill in them the spirit of sharing. In 2016 we collected 8,600 pounds of candy, and nearly 10,000 pounds of candy in 2017. This year we broke a new record with 12,238 pounds of candy! You may be wondering what will be done with that much candy. We are thankful to work with CarePacks, a non-profit organization that over the years has sent out over 30,000 packages to U.S. troops overseas. On November 17th, 2018 they will be sending out over 500 packages out with the candy, oral hygiene supplies, and caring cards from the community’s donations. We can only imagine how much the troops will smile at the beautiful handwritten cards.
[caption id="attachment_10876" align="aligncenter" width="806"] Heartwarming hand written notes for U.S. troops[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_10880" align="aligncenter" width="727"] CarePacks, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending care packages to US deployed troops around the world.[/caption]
Community and Press Event: November 9th
The grand celebration took place on a beautiful fall day where the community gathered to pay homage to our troops and take a couple of dives into the giant mountain of candy!
We’d like to give special thanks to rising star, Evan Lariviere, who beautifully sang the National Anthem; Rick from CarePacks who spoke about the history of this tradition of giving to the troops; Alice Peisch, Massachusetts State Representative, who spoke about the impact and power of the community’s service to others; The Wellesley High School Keynote Singers, led by Dr. Kevin McDonald, who sang a touching rendition of America the Beautiful; And Wellesley Media for capturing these highlights from our event.
[caption id="attachment_10892" align="aligncenter" width="746"] Evan Lariviere singing the National Anthem paying tribute to our U.S. troops[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_10871" align="aligncenter" width="724"] Wellesley High School participants at the Community Press Event[/caption]
We also had some friendly competition among the schools. The office awarded a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy based on a specific algorithm considering the number of students per school and the number of pounds of candy collected per student. This year’s first place winner was Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley (Both children of Dr. Femina and Dr. Ejaz Ali, Zann Ali and Dr. Zarah Ali, attended Hardy Elementary School)! Second place went to Broadmeadow Elementary in Needham, and third to Fiske Elementary School in Wellesley. Congratulations to all participants, your generosity will touch the lives of many, and for this we are very appreciative.
[caption id="attachment_10866" align="aligncenter" width="810"] This year's first place winner of the $1,000 prize, Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley. Congratulations![/caption]
A huge thank you to everyone that participated and to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all of their hard work.
For more information, check out the Wellesley Dental Group Facebook page!
A Special Thank You to the following Participants:
- Alice Peisch
- David Lussier, Wellesley School Superintendent
- Kevin McDonald
- Camera and Editing: James Joyce
- Wellesley High School Keynote Singers
- Elementary School student, Evan- National Anthem
- Celebrations Committee
- Wellesley Police Dept
- National Guard
- Charles River School
- Chickering School
- Other organizations
[caption id="attachment_10878" align="aligncenter" width="664"] We did it- Another successful Candy Drive thanks to You![/caption]