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The sweetest thing to do this Halloween

How much do we love Halloween and more importantly Halloween candy? If your like me, you have already been eating your favorites for the past few weeks and hope to never see a Snickers again. Here is some good news, now Halloween candy is twice as sweet (whether it’s from your own bag or your children’s) because there are a number of ways to donate your candy.

So think about giving a treat to these amazing organizations that support our troops:

Operation Gratitude:

You may remember the amazing story of Carolyn Blashek and her incredible cause sending care packages to our troops. Operation Gratitude just sent their 2,000,000th care package. Add your candy to one of their amazing care packages. They also love hand written notes too, so if your children are so inclined this is a great way to teach philanthropy and compassion.

Soldiers Angels:

A similar organization to Operation Gratitude in that they support our troops. Soldier Angels coordinates Treats for Troops each year and this year their goal is to raise over 17,000 pounds of Halloween candy. That is some serious sugar!

Operation Stars and Stripes:

This nonprofit runs Trick or Treating for Troops but sends care packages to service men and women who are stationed in the United States, as well as abroad. They collect unopened candy all year, and so don’t forget them after Christmas or Easter.

Operation Shoebox:

This organization distributes candy all year-long to the troops that are missing the holidays at home. What makes Operation Shoebox unique is that you get to choose which branch of the military you would like to send your treats to; Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.

When you think about it Halloween is all about giving candy away, so why not keep the giving going just a little bit longer? This Halloween think about a sweet way to inspire compassion, kindness and a little patriotic spirit in your children or yourself. Truly there is nothing sweeter than making someone else’s life better. That is a treat we can all enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

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Soldier Angels

Every year our family picks a holiday project that we support. A few years back my children voted to adopt a soldier through Soldier Angels.Org.

Each week we took turns writing letters to our helicopter pilot, Chris, in Iraq. Then once a month we sent Chris a care package with treats, toothpaste, magazines, etc..We did this every week, every month for a year.

It was a few months before we received a response and those letters we received in gratitude were the best gifts my sons received all year. They watched the news, looking for “their soldier” they worried about Chris’s safety and his 9 month old daughter who he hadn’t yet met.

All of this was possible because of one mom, named Patti Bader. When Patti”s second son was deployed to Iraq  she discovered how much the soldiers craved notes from home. So she started as one mom sending notes and cookies to a few of her sons’ friends. The rest turned into the story of angels.

So in honor of all of our soldiers who are currently serving and all those who have so bravely served this country. Happy Vetrans Day and thank you.

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