Halloween has come and gone. Maybe you purchased a ton of candy to dole out but had fewer witches and vampires ring your doorbell this year. Or, maybe your children returned from their trick-or-treat escapade with way more candy than they can possibly eat. Whatever the reason, instead of letting the sweet treats send you into a sugar shock or go stale, why not share them with service members?
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Halloween Candy Buyback
The Halloween Candy Buyback was started by a dentist who didn’t want children (including his patients) munching on bags and bags of candy. So, he offered to take the candy off their hands for cold, hard cash. Now, thousands of dentist and orthodontist offices across the country participate. Most offer $1 per pound of candy donated, plus dental swag such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss. The candy is donated to U.S. troops via Operation Shoebox and Move America Forward.
Search to find a buyback location in your area.
Operation Gratitude’s Halloween Candy Give Back Program has been around since 2007. Volunteers collect candy then assist in distributing the candy to deployed troops, local military units, veterans and first responders. What a sweet way to thank those who serve our nation!
If you don’t want to part with your Halloween candy, you can still help the cause by making a financial donation to support shipping all of those sweets.
Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops
Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops is a Halloween candy collection program where local businesses accept excess Halloween candy from children in exchange for goodies.
Once collected, businesses ship the candy to Soldiers’ Angels. The organization then sends the treats to deployed service members and veterans.
Find a Treats for Troops candy collection site near you to donate your extra sweets.Read comments