We did it again! The 9th annual community candy drive was an amazing success! We had 39 schools from 15 different towns and thousands of students participate in our drive, making this year’s candy drive bigger and better than ever. To make it even sweeter, we collected 8,600 pounds of candy! We are beyond thrilled that the Wellesley community, and so many neighboring communities, came together to show gratitude and appreciation for our troops overseas. We are proud to promote working together for a good cause and to celebrate the spirit of giving. We hope our soldiers enjoy these sweet treats, along with handwritten notes, cards and oral hygiene supplies.
Here are some highlights from our event:
11/1-11/9: Candy Collection
We started collecting candy donations the day after Halloween. Our patients at Wellesley Dental Group were generous to start bringing the candy in. Donations from schools and organizations began piling in. First, we started with a few bins in our office and packed them in our hallways. Then, we got so many donations that we had to rent out a U-Haul to store it all! We’re so lucky to have so much support and we couldn’t contain our excitement!
11/10: Press Event
We celebrated the success of our candy drive with a press event on November 10th, paying homage to our troops overseas, displaying our beautiful mountain of candy, and bringing the community together in the spirit of giving, and a little competition! This year, our $1000 grand prize was given to Sprague Elementary School in Wellesley.
All in all, we had 39 schools from 15 towns participating! We love how so many schools, organizations, and communities came together for the same great cause!
Thanks to future ‘American Idol’ Evan Lariviere for singing the National Anthem and the WHS Keynotes lead by Kevin McDonald for singing America the Beautiful; it was an honor to hear such beautiful voices stirring up patriotism right before Veteran’s Day.
In addition, we’d like to give special thanks to Massachusetts State Representative Alice Peisch for speaking out about how the candy gives troops the power to foster stronger relationships with people around the world. Dr. Jamie Chisum, principal of Wellesley High School, also acknowledged that the next generation will play a key part in maintaining community traditions and finding ways to contribute to Wellesley together.
Finally, we’d like to highlight the beautiful handwritten notes and cards for the troops that will be sure to put a smile on their faces! They might even be sweeter than the candy 🙂
A big thank you to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all their hard work, and off course to everyone that participated– we couldn’t have done it without you all. We hope you all had a fun time organizing and participating in this event. We know Dr. Ali did!
For more information, check out the Wellesley Dental Group Facebook page!
A Special Thank You to the following Participants: