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Jenkins Dental Donates 200 Goodie Bags to Soldiers After Successful Program

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The Jenkins Dental team from Coventry packages up dental hygiene goodie bags for the troops overseas after their highly successful Halloween Candy Buy Back program. From left: Jessica Dziedzinski, Janelle Morse and Kim Huynh. (contributed photo)
COVENTRY, CT - Patriotic children sold back more than 55 lbs of their Halloween sweets to Jenkins Dental in Coventry to benefit U.S. soldiers overseas. Dr. Damon Jenkins, DMD, MPH, a former Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, hosted a Halloween Candy Buy Back program from November 1st- 3rd for Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to deployed troops and their families. Instead of sending the candy to the troops, Dr. Jenkins donated 200 dental care goodie bags.

“Part of my duties was to examine each soldier’s mouth before and after they were deployed,” explains Dr. Jenkins. “Their oral health definitely declined when they were out in the field and I want to do anything I can to keep them healthy.”

The Trick-or-Treaters earned $2 per pound of candy, plus received free oral hygiene products. Dr. Jenkins partnered with Henry Schein, a worldwide distributor of medical and dental supplies, to donate dental aids such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and more to the troops.

“We were so impressed with the number of children who wanted to show their gratitude for the brave men and women who protect our country,” said Dr. Jenkins. “When the kids came to drop off their candy, they wrote wonderful letters of appreciation to be included in the packages.”

Dr. Damon Jenkins, a former Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, is dedicated to improving the oral health of American soldiers. (contributed photo)
Jenkins Dental in Coventry, CT is a full service dental practice dedicated to the oral health of patients of all ages. As a specialist in Prosthodontics, Damon T. Jenkins DMD, MPH, can restore function and beauty to a patient’s smile. Using the latest research, the best quality materials and state of the art instruments, the practice offers implant restorations, crowns, bridges, veneers, partial and full dentures. The office is located in a historic gristmill at 2991A South Street in the picturesque Bynes’ Falls. Visit us online at or call (860)742-6665.

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