It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are cooler, pumpkins are making an appearance in grocery stores and pictures of children in pumpkin patches are filling your social media feed. It’s Halloween time! Many families have traditions surrounding Halloween time. A tradition that can be done no matter where you live is donating candy to the troops.
Donate Halloween Candy
- Treats for Troops – Treats for Troops is run by Soldier’s Angels. Local businesses opt to participate in the program and some even offer buyback prizes. Check out your local dental office or gym to see if they are offering this. Anyone who donates will receive a tax-deductible receipt for the donation. Kids earning treats, less sugared treats, and passing on a treat to those who could use a pick-me-up all while earning a tax-deduction – that is a win all around.
Want to go further and take candy bags for the troops? Make it a family activity, or perhaps gather friends in a safe setting to make treat bags with assorted treats inside. Once the bags are complete, send candy bags to
Soldiers’ Angels Candy
2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107
San Antonio, TX 72818
- Operation Gratitude – Individuals, businesses or groups can register to donate candy. Once registered, you will receive an email with the details on where to send the treats. Donors are matched with local military units, first responders, veteran organizations or can ship to the candy processing center in Los Angeles.
Military units, hospitals, first responder units, and veteran organizations can request candy donations from the same organization
- Halloween Candy Buy Back – Dental offices often to participate in this program, offering coupons for goods or services for a candy donation. The candy donations are then provided to non-profit veteran organizations across the country.
- Operation Shoebox – Operation Shoebox needs donations all year long for the care packages they send to troops. You can also adopt a troop specifically to send packages directly. If you are wanting to send donations to the organization directly, they can be sent to:
8360 East Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420
Send much-desired caffeine to the troops
- Alpha Coffee: The veteran-owned business knows exactly what troops want no matter where they are stationed. You can send a box of coffee for $50.00 to deployed troops.
- Blackout Coffee: Through Operation Blackout, you can select someone you know deployed to send coffee to. Troops can also request a coffee donation while overseas for their unit.
- Dunkin’ Donuts: When you submit a name of a deployed unit to them, they will send some Original blend coffee.
- Black Rifle Coffee: The SOF-owned coffee joint with a sense of humor has a donation request form that deployed troops can request a caffeine jolt.
What are your go-to ways to share sweets and treats with the troops?