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Operation Gratitude, your extra Halloween candy put to good use

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.

Soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq pose together for a picture to say thank you.
Operation Gratitude

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.


  • Joey 5 years ago

    that is a great thing, the fact that people can come together despite the economy being very bad and give back to our military.... GREAT ARTICLE

  • Wonky1 5 years ago

    Thanks for the article. That is such a great program!!! I had no idea that there was a program like that. Keep writing these articles, they are very informative and enjoyable. I look forward to them!!!

  • Lisa 5 years ago


  • Nick 5 years ago

    Article looks great!!

  • ProgressiveLady1 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this artical it actualy inspired me to take further action and I am proud to say that I am now apart of the adopt a soldier program. I enjoy your articles they are very informative I look foward to reading more, thank you.

  • Aaron M. Norcia 5 years ago

    Keep a lookout for a follow up article towards the end of next week. The spokesperson for Operation Gratitude contacted me and informed me that they're on track to send over twice as much candy as they did last year. (21 tons or 42,000lbs.) According to their calculations they've already almost doubled that and are on track to break that record by far. The next 2-3 weeks in the "peak" time for candy donations. Up until Dec. 5th they'll be accepting candy. After that they'll need the money donations to pay to send ALL that candy to the troops. That's where my next article, and you the reader omes in. Be prepared donate money.

  • Toni B lvnv 5 years ago

    Great article. I had no idea there was this a program like this. Thanks for the info. Your doing an awesome job writing I look forward to ALL your writings in the near future. LOL