Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of U.S. troops and first responders is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists alike.
This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the nation when they bring their Halloween candy and handwritten letters of gratitude to Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.
The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in care packages to deployed U.S. service members and to first responders serving here at home.
Dr. Brett Silverman is proud to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween GIVE-Back Program to reduce excess sugar consumption, prevent dental decay, and teach children the importance of saying “thank you” to all who serve.
Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2015 alone, 294 tons of that candy was sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution through its Care Package Programs.
“Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 1.6 million care packages that include items such as DVDs, handmade scarves, and hygiene products. Halloween candy is a wonderful addition to these packages,” says Operation Gratitude’s founder, Carolyn Blashek.
“The candy is a great morale boost for the troops and a means to create positive interaction with local children. Equally important is that the Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service and generosity.”
Candy and handwritten letters or drawings to service members will be collected. In addition, we will provide paper and writing utensils for anyone who would like to write a letter.
Here’s a little more information about the cause you will be supporting by donating Halloween candy to our office!
Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. military and first responder communities. They provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.
Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 200,000+ individually-addressed care packages to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded heroes and their caregivers.
Each package contains food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support. Through collection drives, letter writing campaigns, craft projects and care package assembly events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “thank you” through active, hands-on volunteerism.