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Sarris Candies and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation are joining forces to raise money for K-9 units across the country.

“Giving back to the community in which we live has long been a core belief here at Sarris Candies, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to have a little influence and encourage people to support and donate to such a worthy cause,” says Sarris Candies President Bill Sarris.

With every purchase, the chocolate company will donate 25 percent to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.

Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, provides grants through his foundation to police and fire department K-9 units in Pittsburgh and cities where the team travels. The Foundation donated $157,600 in grants during the 2013 NFL season and more than $1.2 million since 2007.

Roethlisberger says the Foundation is excited to work with “local favorite” Sarris Candies in supporting K-9 units, which tend to be underfunded and rely on donations to continue protecting the community.

To ensure a portion of the purchase goes toward the Foundation, shoppers must enter the group code “77-777” when visiting the company's dedicated fundraising website The current fundraising campaign runs through Dec. 31 and features Halloween and Christmas items in addition to the usual products. In January, Sarris Candies will launch the second campaign, highlighting Valentine’s Day and Easter candy. That campaign will last through spring.