Pediatric dentist Gila Dorostkar, at left, accepts new, unopened, Halloween candy and sends it to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude. No cost, no appointment. Courtesy images.

For pediatric dentist Gila C. Dorostkar, limiting her patients’ Halloween candy consumption while also expressing gratitude to U.S. troops and first responders is as close as you can get to a win-win.

Dorostkar, who opened her Mill Valley office at 650 East Blithedale Ave. in 2017, launches her annual candy collection to benefit Operation Gratitude starting in her Greenbrae office on Thursday, Nov. 1, and in her Mill Valley office on Monday, Nov. 5.

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to thousands of American troops deployed overseas, far from home and loved ones. Those packages include a handful of candy. Donations must be new, unopened candy in its original packaging (no Pixie Sticks), and letters of support are also welcomed. 

“Last year, we collected more than 600 pounds of candy!” Dorostkar says. “Any leftover new, unopened candy you’d like to donate in support of our troops serving overseas can be dropped off at either our Mill Valley or Greenbrae office locations during normal business hours. You don’t need an appointment to drop off candy.”

Last day to donate is Thursday, Nov. 8. Call the office at 415.448.8120 for more info.
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