It's been called the start of the glutinous season. Halloween candy is only the beginning to a seasonal indulgence second to none. What do you do with all that extra candy that's tempting you from across the room? Interested in getting rid of those sugar filled treats before Thanksgiving? How about sending it to a soldier for a small taste of back home.
Thanks to a nation wide cause to connect our troops over seas to those back home, Operation Gratitude has set up a Halloween candy donation drive. The idea is simple. Anybody can sell or donate candy by the pound to hundreds of locations nation wide. You can visit a search site that allows you to search between 5 and 100 miles from your zip code to find a participating venue in your area.
Last year alone, Operation Gratitude in collaboration with Dentist offices across the country successfully received, packed, and shipped out 21 tons of candy for soldiers serving abroad. They're asking for everyone's help this year to beat that number. "We buy back Halloween candy from neighborhood kids for $1 per pound, then send it to the troops overseas! What a great way to brighten the day of an American soldier."
The candy that's sent overseas to the U.S. Troops is a small token of our appreciation to an all volunteer military. The candy serves several purposes including being handed out amongst the children in Afghanistan to help with the nation building concept being used by our military leaders.
Operation Gratitude offers many other amenities to help the troops including care packages, tax deductible vehicle donations, Boy and Girl Scout craft projects, letter writing, volunteering, and much much more. As one soldier put it "I wanted to thank you very much for the care package I received from you. From the DVD to the lotion, Beef Jerky, snacks and everything else, it was all a welcome and appreciated treat that I as well as others appreciate. We thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and taking the time out of your busy day to put together and send the care package. Thank you very much and have a great day. Sincerely, CW3 R. L."
If you're interested in hosting a candy drive for the troops, volunteering your time, or know someone who is, you can visit this site for tips and ideas on running a project as well as what is involved in the process.