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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Continue Halloween fun with Candy Buy Back for Heroes

Published in For the Health of It Author: David Smith,MD

candy buy back for heroes wednesday november 1st 5pm-8pm

Halloween may be the scariest holiday of the year, not because of the ghosts and goblins, but because of all the candy purchased and consumed. Each Halloween, Americans spend more than $2 billion on candy alone—that's a lot of goodies.

There is nothing wrong with allowing your child to enjoy some of the candy from their night out. However, parents should take the opportunity to talk about enjoying treats in moderation along with discussing good nutrition and dental hygiene. It’s also a chance to talk about the importance of giving and sharing with others.

One way your family can do this is through the Candy Buy Back for Heroes event on November 1st at St. Cloud Toyota. This event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and includes:

  • A buy Back of Halloween Candy. Kids will be given $1 per pound of candy they return – up to five pounds of candy.
  • Kids can also register to win some cool prizes.

Your kids probably will have enough Halloween candy anyway, even after picking out all of their favorites from their stash. When donating their candy, they’ll know it’s going to help others. Either by going to troops currently overseas – who’ll appreciate the kind gesture of support from home – or it will donated to help various volunteer organizations.

Among the local organizations working to make this event possible include: St. Cloud Toyota, Sartell Pediatrics, Welch Dental Care, Andy’s Towing and BLEND.

Spread the word with others when trick-or-treating this year. The night after, come out and continue the Halloween fun for one more night— while making a difference to others.