Like it’s not bad enough that my kids toooootally ignored the extra hour of sleep thing this morning, they also started their day (at 6:20 AM) by plunging headfirst into the piles of candy. We told them they could pick 7 pieces of candy to keep, and the rest of their Halloween hoard — or at least the leftover candy daddy doesn’t steal — they’re donating.
Our associate editor Christina just turned us onto some great options for Halloween candy donation, and we thought we’d add a few more to the list:
*Operation Gratitude sends
care packages to our troops overseas, and your gummy bears and mini
Snickers are more than welcome, especially when your kids include a
nice letter of support too. You just pay to ship to California, but an
extra $11 donation covers overseas postage. But keep in mind the
non-melty stuff is best, or if you send chocolate, you might want to
put it in a Zip-Loc first.
will also let you donate candy, and you can even specify which armed
service branch, if you have a preference. But that’s too hard for us -
we like them all. Another option is Operation Shoebox.
*Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts candy donation for kids. You can search for a local branch here.
*Local shops may have programs like Magic Beans
does around Boston – they’ll donate your candy to the USO, and in
exchange give you a coupon for 25% off a new toy. (Hopefully not a
candy toy.) Here’s a list of their store locations.
*Food pantries, pediatric wards and nursing homes are happy to be
able to give out a treat along with the meals. In New York, I’m a fan
of programs like Citymeals-on-Wheels and God’s Love We Deliver.
*Finally, churches, synagogues and other places of worship generally
have candy drop-offs, if not to donate then at least to hand out to the
kids. Better theirs than yours maybe? -Liz
[thanks christina! photo: bellahope]