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Fairview Offers Halloween Candy To Troops, Book Exchange Program

Oct 28, 2018 08:39PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Fairview Clinics-Bass Lake Road (photo by Wendy Erlien)

From Nov. 1-9, 2018, unopened Halloween candy can be donated at select Fairview Clinics to be sent to U.S. troops serving overseas. Each child who donates his or her candy will receive an age-appropriate book, according to a press release from Fairview.   

The Fairview Clinics participating in the exchange include Bass Lake (Maple Grove), Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Apple Valley, Andover, Blaine, Bloomington Oxboro, Bloomington Lake - Minneapolis, Bloomington Lake  Xerxes, Burnsville, Chisago Lakes, Columbia Heights, Eden Prairie, Elk River, Farmington, Fridley, Hugo, Lakeville, Lino Lakes, Milaca, New Brighton, North Branch, Pine City, Princeton, Prior Lake, Rush City, Savage, University Children's (Minneapolis), and Zimmerman. The participating M Health clinics are Maple Grove, Nurse Practitioners Clinic, and Mill City. Participating HealthEast Clinics include Rice Street, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights, and Woodwinds.

“This program is always a success for our community,” Fairview’s Reach Out and Read Coordinator Julie Abear said. “We love to share books and reading with kids, and we love to be able to give back to the troops."

In 2017, more than 1,400 pounds of candy was sent overseas. 

Those wishing to participate can stop by the clinic for the candy-book swap during clinic hours. Visit to find hours for all clinics.

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