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WANTED: Your Halloween Candy For The Troops (Our Troops)

Your love for candy goes way beyond Halloween, you can sleep with these cuddly Hershey Bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups every night! (From Hershey Park)

If your love for candy goes way beyond Halloween, you can sleep with these cuddly Hershey Bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups every night! (From Hershey Park 2016)

Are you afraid you will eat 10 pounds of “mini” Snickers and Butterfingers the day after Halloween? Wondering what to do with all your surplus loot?

I will be collecting Halloween candy this week to send to U.S. troops serving overseas. For the past few years, my son and I have volunteered for Operation Care For Troops, a New Hampshire-based organization that sends care packages to the military a few times each year.
Here’s a snapshot of last November’s packing event:
Last year's holiday packing event with Operation Care For Troops

Founded by a retired Marine, Operation Care For Troops sends thousands of care packages to U.S. military bases each year.

Here are a few ways you can help:


1. If you know me and live nearby, bag up your leftover candy tonight and arrange for pickup later in the week.


2. If you believe that “the ends justifies the means,” then consider confiscating your children’s Halloween candy and donating it. When cute little Johnny and Susie ask where their candy is, tell them it is in Afghanistan and explain the modern marvels of air travel.


3. If stealing your children’s candy leaves a bad taste in your mouth, consider buying bags of Halloween candy tomorrow and Wednesday, when it is usually marked down to 50-75% off.


4. Volunteer at the next packing event in Nashua, NH on Nov. 9-12. Send an email to Volunteer@octnh.org or visit the Operation Care For Troops Facebook page.


5. Send a donation to: Operation Care For Troops, P.O. Box 1604
Nashua, NH 03061-1604.
Operation Care For Troops is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.


6. Write letters or holiday cards to the troops to be sent with the candy, toiletries and other items.
 I will be collecting candy through Thursday night and then I need to deliver it.
Thanks in advance for helping us spread cavities on U.S. military bases throughout the world!

UPDATE (Nov. 10) – Huge thanks to the sweet-toothed employees of Onshape and New Hampshire dentist Matt Leighton for donating 70 pounds of chocolate for the troops. Much appreciated!




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Thanks for Giving the Troops Cavities :)


Halloween candy donations from family, friends and co-workers.

Special thanks to everyone – especially my awesome and generous co-workers – for giving up their sugary treats to share with U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere this holiday season.

My office colleagues donated 42 pounds (!) of Halloween candy based on just one internal email – and the manager of my local CVS kindly sold me 30 pounds of M&Ms at a buck a pound, about 75 percent off their list price.

Here’s a scene from this past weekend of jamming hundreds of USPS boxes with goodies:


Sorting holiday packages at the New Hampshire National Guard Armory.

According to Operation Care For Troops NH, we shipped out exactly 4,751 Christmas stockings stuffed with treats and cards.

Maybe this could become an annual post-Halloween tradition… If you’re interested in helping out with the Valentine’s Day packing event, follow the Operation Care Facebook page.

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