Midwest City, OK (PressExposure) September 04, 2009 -- Take a glance at your calendar. We're at the first step of Fall 2009. Where does the time go? Before you know it, ghosts and goblins will be knocking at your door, anxiously looking for candy treats.
Before Halloween, we shop for just the right pumpkin and costume. And, we spend many dollars on bagged candies. Candy unwrapped in small bags, assortment bags, and jumbo-sized bags. We find out, later, that we bought more candy than we needed. So, how do we get rid of all these bags of sugar? Many times, we take the left over candy to our offices or let it sit until it's stale (about Thanksgiving), and then throw it away.
Sometimes, charities or local soup kitchens, or local churches will accept leftover Halloween candy, to give to homeless children and needy families enjoy the treats.
Perhaps the men and women serving our country, would be happy to receive treats from home. Nothing tastes as good as something from home. It might not be as good as actually being home to celebrate Halloween with their children, but still, being included rather than excluded is good.
So, this year, instead of just throwing the leftover candy away, why not organize a neighborhood candy drive, to collect the leftover candy. Volunteers could be tasked to let people know (before Halloween) that any unwanted candy will be picked up and sent overseas to our troops. Other people can volunteer to pick up the candy on a designated day.
When the loot is collected, the volunteers can separate and package the candy in shipping boxes. Perhaps planning a pot luck luncheon could be in conjunction with the loot bagging event would be fun. We all work better with full tummies!
The candy can be donated as is, or the candy could be put into Christmas stockings. Overseas shipping is not usually an overnight delivery, so instead of receiving just leftovers, our troops could receive some goodies from home packed in a Christmas stocking. Perhaps local stores would be willing to donate Christmas stockings or other containers.
When the word gets out about the candy drive, local newspapers, department stores, groceries, and other businesses might be happy to join in with your efforts.
There are several organizations that accept donations to be sent to the troops, such as The Salvation Army. But, many others can easily be found by doing a search on the Internet. Just type in something like "where to donate candy to sent to overseas troops." Two groups, in particular, are http://www.noanie.com and http://www.thriftyfun.com.
Flat Rate Priority Shipping boxes can be picked up at your local post office. They even offer a $2.00 shipping discount on boxes that are being sent to APO/FPO addresses. Boxes weighing about 25 lbs, can be shipped to this type of address for just a little over $10.00.
So before you throw out that leftover Halloween candy, maybe you'd like to send it to someone that would not only enjoy eating it, but would appreciate being remembered. I can't think of anyone that needs a "care" package from home.