There’s so much to love about Halloween. The costumes. The trick or treating. The haunted houses. But most of all, the candy! Let’s be honest, though — even the biggest candy lover in the world can’t eat all that sugary goodness (and shouldn’t!). So, whether you need to do this in the middle of the night and not tell the kids (otherwise this could happen), or you want to include them and send a message of giving around this generous holiday (which is ALL about giving if you think about it), we’ve got some wonderful organizations that would be happy to take your excess candy off your hands and give it to some people who could use some cheer. Here’s where to donate Halloween candy:
Operation Gratitude: Operation Gratitude sends care packages to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their caregivers. Their mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express the appreciation and support of the American people.
How you can help: Through the Candy Buy Back Program anyone can collect candy to donate, as well as dental hygiene products and write a letter to a service member. Think about organizing a group donation with your neighborhood to really make an impact.
Your local food pantry/Soup kitchen/Nursing home/Women’s shelter: While these places probably prefer canned goods and more healthy fare, chances are they’d still love to get some treats to give to their residents. But be sure to call first and make sure they accept candy and in what condition before you make the trip.
Candy exchange: Call your kid’s dentist and see if they participate in this. Normally they’ll take your candy and in return give you toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, etc. And they donate the candy on their end, so it’s a win-win all around. Your pearly whites will thank you!
Have you donated your Halloween candy? We’d love to hear your story.
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