If you’re like our family, your kids won’t need all the Halloween candy they’ll receive. You also won’t need the leftovers you have from buying more candy than you’ll be able to pass out.
A great use of that Halloween candy is to remind our troops that they’re not forgotten! You can thank our troops, make someone’s day, share your candy and even get a tax deduction. You only need to bring your candy to your local drop off location.
There are two great organizations collecting candy. Operation Gratitude, which has sent over 1.6 million care packages to troops, wants our extra Halloween candy to create care packages for our troops. Soldiers’ Angels, which has sent over 800K care packages to troops is also collecting candy for care packages.
Ways you can help:
- Donate leftover candy (but please don’t include pixy stix or powdery candy – they don’t ship well). Find an Operation Gratitude drop off location near you. (Not that you need an incentive, but if you find dentists on the list of your local drop offs, the dental office will often pay a “buyback” fee for the candy and provide a toy for your kids.) You can also find a Soldiers’ Angels drop off near you. Soldiers’ Angels drop offs buy back candy. Check out both nonprofits to find the drop off closest to you.
- If you’re dropping off candy with Operation Gratitude,Write letters and draw pictures that can go with the candy in care packages.
- Host an Operation Gratitude drop off location or a Soldiers’ Angels buyback location where people can bring their Halloween candy. (Note that you cover the postage to send the candy to the nonprofit.)
- Also donate any of the many other items troops need and want. Check out the Operation Gratitude Wish List.
Drop off locations are getting the candy to Operation Gratitude by November 15, so the sooner you can drop off your candy the better. Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops will accept your candy through December 11.
You can even take a deduction for the value of your candy on your taxes.
If you’d like to ship the candy yourself (or there isn’t a convenient drop off center), Operation Gratitude has shipping guidelines here.
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