Macalik, DDS Accepting Candy Donations for Deployed Troops and Local Heroes

ARLINGTON, TX, October 19, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Halloween is right around the corner and that means candy everywhere! Instead of devouring it all, Alana K. Macalik, DDS of Alana K. Macalik Cosmetic and Family Dentistry (Macalik, DDS) is inviting children to donate their excess Halloween candy to support U.S. Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders. Macalik, DDS will host their 1st Annual Halloween Candy Give-Back on Monday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 7 am – 3pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Trick or treaters from around Arlington can donate their unopened Halloween candy and drop off handwritten thank you letters that will be shipped to service members who are deployed overseas, and hand delivered to Veterans and First Responders serving in their local communities.

Dr. Macalik is extremely excited to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program. “The Operation Candy GIVE-Back program offers a great opportunity to teach children the value of giving back while also teaching them about the importance of thanking those who serve and protect our freedom,” stated Dr. Alana Macalik. “It also helps remind them of the importance of maintaining good oral health and reducing excess sugar consumption to prevent cavities.”

Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2018, more than 440,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s heroes in signature Operation Gratitude Care Packages and local deliveries around the country. “Operation Gratitude’s mission is to thank all who serve, forging strong bonds between grateful Americans and the Heroes who serve and protect them,” according to Kevin Schmiegel, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and CEO of Operation Gratitude. “The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.”

Candy and handwritten letters or drawings to Service Members and First Responders will be collected at Alana K. Macalik Cosmetic and Family Dentistry located at 2265 W. Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington, Texas. In addition, Macalik DDS will provide paper and writing utensils for anyone who would like to write a letter. Visit: for more information.

About Operation Gratitude
Demonstrating that actions speak louder than words, Operation Gratitude is a national nonprofit organization that provides tangible ways to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. Through its customized Care Package programs, Operation Gratitude has provided opportunities for millions of Americans to say “Thank You” to more than 2.3 million of our nation’s Heroes since 2003. In 2019, Operation Gratitude launched its Make Every Minute Count Campaign with the goal of delivering 525,600 Care Packages – one every minute of the year – to Service Members, their families at home, Veterans, and First Responders. Awarded a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and a Platinum rating from Guidestar, 94 percent of Operation Gratitude’s expenditures go directly to programs that support our nation’s men and women in uniform at home and abroad.

About Alana K. Macalik Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Alana K. Macalik is the owner and founder of Alana K. Macalik Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and Baylor College of Dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Dallas County Dental Society, and the Texas Dental Association.

Alana K. Macalik Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is located at 2265 W. Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington, Texas and provides general and preventive dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services. Treatment options and services include: Invisalign, porcelain veneers and Lumineers, dental implants, dentures, fillings, crowns, and teeth whitening. Dr. Alana K. Macalik and her team service families in Arlington and other surrounding communities in Texas. For more information, call (817) 784-7780 or visit

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