Donations to Packages 4 Patriots

Donations to Packages 4 Patriots

This year’s Halloween Candy Buyback occurred on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at 12 W Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg IL, 60193.  We had kids and adults turn in their Halloween candy for cash!!! 1lb = $1.00. This year we collected over 700lbs of candy. This candy and other donated items will then be sent to US troops overseas with Packages4Patriots.

In addition to candy, we also asked participants to donate the following items.

Items Needed For Troops

  • Letters & Drawings
  • Protein Bars
  • Gum, sunflower seeds, trail mix, coffee, and nuts.
  • Hygiene Products – Body wash, shampoo, deodorant, razors, chapstick
  • Moisturizer, sunblock, foot powder, nail clippers, and more!


We were so thrilled with how many donations were made that our own Dr. Dawn Diehnelt, D.D.S made a cash donation to help cover the shipping and ongoing mission of Packages 4 Patriots. 

700 pounds of candy donated
Kathy Mode & Dr. Dawn Diehnelt
Packages 4 Patriots Donation Drive

Packages 4 Patriots Donation Drive

& We are excited to host our annual Halloween Candy Buyback on Sunday November 1st, 2020. This year’s event will be held from 1 pm – 4 pm at our office located at 12 W Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg IL, 60193. Turn in your candy for cash!!! 1lb = $1.00. The candy will then be sent to US troops overseas with Packages4Patriots

This year’s event will include popcorn, a coloring contest, and more fun with prizes. We will also be collecting gum, protein bars, trail mix, chapstick, and more for our troops.

Items Needed For Troops

  • Letters & Drawings
  • Protein Bars
  • Gum, sunflower seeds, trail mix, coffee, and nuts.
  • Hygiene Products – Body wash, shampoo, deodorant, razors, chapstick
  • Moisturizer, sunblock, foot powder, nail clippers, and more!

Can’t make the event? That is ok, we will be offering the candy for cash buyback from November 1st – 15th during regular office hours.

We can’t wait. Hope to see you all soon!

Autumn Dream Tree

Autumn Dream Tree

If you have visited our dental office over the summer, you would have seen our summer dream tree. The dream tree is a place where you can right down your dreams and put them out into the universe and find support in others sharing their dreams. We recently took the summer dreams off the dream tree and put them on the window for others to see.  We’ve now decorated the dream tree for the fall season. We welcome you to place your dreams here this fall. We also plan to get a “Grateful Pumpkin” for people to write what they are grateful for. We can’t wait to see you soon!

dream trea
fall dream tree
Halloween Candy Buyback 2020

Halloween Candy Buyback 2020



Serenity Dental Studio will hold its 6th
annual Halloween Candy Buy Back this year on Sunday, November 1, 2020, from 1 – 4 pm. Donate your candy and enjoy some popcorn at the celebration! Candy can also be turned in during office hours from Nov 1-15, 2020. Candy will be sent to US troops overseas with Packages4Patriots, along with any other items donated for
the service members.
Turn in your Halloween candy for cash! You will get $1 per pound! The first Halloween Candy Buy Back at Serenity Dental was in 2015. That year, 50.25 pounds of candy were collected and sent to the troops. It has grown every year. In 2018, 684.25 pounds were collected, and last year (2019) a whopping 1274.25 lbs. were collected and sent to the troops overseas!!! Many other items including toiletries, handmade cards, and other food
items were also donated.
How much is 684.25 pounds of candy? It fills up a Mazda Sport sedan with only enough room for a skinny driver!
The goal for this year is 10% more candy than last year: 1400 lbs. of candy
plus 100 pounds of other
items for the troops!
How do I drop off the candy?
Just bring it to the office in any bag, and we will weight it, and we will pay $1 cash. Special this year, we will be offering curbside drop off. Just call us from your car and we will pick it up there.
How much candy can I donate?
There is no upper or lower limit. The minimum payment is $0.25 because we round to the nearest 0.25 pounds.
Does candy have to be in unopened bags?
No, the bag of candy can be open, but the individual candy pieces must be wrapped.
Where do I drop off candy?
Serenity Dental Studio, 12 W. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg. It’s the northwest corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads, across the street from the Library.
Is there after hour drop off?
Yes, candy can be left at the front door if you are unable to bring during the Sunday afternoon celebration on November 1, or during office hours. Your donation will be graciously accepted when we open the office the next day.
Do I need to take the $1 per pound payment?
No. However, you can choose to donate the
payment for the postage to mail the candy.
Do you need to be a patient to turn candy in?
No, donations from anyone are welcome.
What’s the largest donation you received?
Most candy is from kids donating 2 to 5 pounds
What else can I do for the troops?
Write a card or letter, or draw a picture to send!Package4Patriots is also always in need of gum, protein bars, coffee, individual drink water flavoring mix packets, chapstick, and trail mix Check for other items, or
to donate money to pay for postage. Serenity Dental will also be collecting these donations during this year’s Halloween Candy Buy Back.
Why does Serenity Dental to this?
We want to get candy out of the mouths of kids to prevent decay, and at the same time, we want to support the troops overseas. It can be great teaching the moment for kids, and help the adults get rid of temptations in their house!
What is Packages4Patriots Mission?
Packages4Patriots seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way. Packages4Patriots care packages contain treats, hygiene products, entertainment items, and personal letters of appreciation.
Is Packages4Patriots still shipping? Packages4Patriots is still shipping, although they have canceled their public packing events due to safety concerns until further notice.
How is all the Halloween Candy used?
Halloween Candy is sorted and in addition to being sent as treats, it is used as “packing peanuts” to fill the nooks and crannies around the other care items!
Do packages improve troop morale?
You betcha! ………. Add a pic of the letter
Has the need to support troops changed?
Yes, in a big way! There is much more need now due to limitations on the movement of the service members and the supplies available at their outposts.
When was Packages4Patriots established?
June 2010
How many packages have Package4Patriots sent
Over 7,000 totaling 97,495 pounds!
Where is Packages4Patriots?
the home of Package4Patriots. Items are collected, sorted, and boxed there.
Packages4Patriots Update

Packages4Patriots Update

All of us at Serenity Dental in Scaumburg are thrilled to share with you recent correspondance we recived from Packages4Patriots. 

“Here are several photos of soldiers who received the Care Packages you helped gather for Troops in Arlington Heights with mailing this past month. You can see our packing peanuts/Halloween Candy and Customs Forms in some of the photos.”

Schaumburg Health Summit April 4, 2020

Schaumburg Health Summit April 4, 2020

Dr. Dawn Diehnelt of Serentity Dental is excited to announce that she will be a speaker at the Schaumburg Health Summit on April 4th, 2020. During this wonderful event she will be discussing natural approaches to oral health and airway health. She will also discuss the treatments available that will straighten teeth the natural way and so much more. Learn more about this incredible event below:

What is the Schaumburg Health Summit?

The health and wellness fields are constantly evolving. There is new information coming out every week about what you should be eating, how you should be exercising, and what items to remove from your household in order to lose weight, get fit, and live longer than was previously thought possible. With so much information bombarding you on a regular basis, how are you supposed to know what to actually do to promote your health, wellness, and fitness?  

The Schaumburg Health Summit, developed and presented by Julie and Charlie Cates of Muscle Activation Schaumburg, is a one-day summit where local health and wellness professionals will be cutting through the nonsense and presenting on the facts. What new technologies are available for improving your health? What is the truth behind the latest diet crazes? What do you actually need to be doing for exercise?  

The Schaumburg Health Summit was created for the purpose of educating the residents of Schaumburg and the surrounding communities on ways to improve and maintain their health. They have assembled a rockstar speaker lineup comprised of local health, wellness, and fitness professionals who will be shedding light on important topics that apply directly to you.

We will be open during our regular business hours on December 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th. December 23rd and December 30th we will be available by appointment only. Thank you and may you have a wonderful holiday season!