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Get rid of the extra candy without eating it

By: Jerry
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Most of us have thousands of calories floating around our houses right now.  Once you've had your fill of "Snickers" and "M&Ms" what do you do with the rest of the candy before it attaches itself to your waistline.  Sure your kids would be happy to take it all, and your dentist would be happy, but we have some better ideas.  There are lots of organizations locally and nationally that will take your treats and use them to put smiles on the faces of those who serve our country and our communities.  The organizations below will all take your candy and pass it on.  Some of them will even buy it from you!



  1. Treats for Troops (https://soldiersangels.org/TreatsForTroops.html) This program allows you to send sweets to soldiers.
  2. Halloween Candy Buy Back (http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com) This group partners with businesses such as dentists offices to get extra candy out of the hands of your little ones in exchange for healthy items such as toothbrushes, hygiene kits and coupons.
  3. Operation Gratitude (https://www.operationgratitude.com) Deployed troops and first responders will be touched that you sent them your treats while they are working hard, far away from home. 
  4. Operation Shoebox (http://www.operationshoebox.com/how-you-can-help/candy-donations/) This organization distributed candy on Halloween, Christmas and Easter to troops that are missing the festivities while away from home.
  5. Ronald McDonald House Charities (https://www.rmhc.org) Call your local chapter to find out rules on bringing your unopened Halloween candy for severely sick children and their families to enjoy.