Are you as disgusted with yourself as I am for eating copious mini candybars leftover from Halloween? We live at the top of a very steep hill, so we get few trick-or-treaters. No one wants to sweat their zombie makeup off just to get up here. But I knew that at least our next door neighbors would knock at the door, so I had to be prepared. I bought a bag of mini Milky Ways and a bag of mini Twix. Two of my favorites, coincidentally. The neighbors did indeed come. Two children. They took four pieces of candy. The rest has been steadily snatched up by my greedy paws, and it must stop. If you happen to be in the same predicament, check out the links below for donating your candy to troops abroad. I can imagine a Butterfinger might taste pretty darn good if you’ve been stationed in a Middle Eastern desert for a few months. Not surprisingly, dentists are also getting in on the act (see item 1 below). Save your teeth, your waistline, your blood sugar levels and do something nice by handing over your Halloween haul. Of course mine’s nearly gone, but hopefully you still stand a chance!
1. Halloween Candy Buy Back: Dentists will buy your candy back and ship it to troops abroad.
2. Operation Gratitude: Skip the dentist middle man and go straight to the folks who will ship the candy to sweets-lovin’ troops.
3. Operation Shoe Box: Mail your candy to 8360 E Highway 25, Belleview, Florida, 34420, and they will make a soldier smile.
4. Operation Stars and Stripes: To schedule a pickup or drop off, call 770-509-1156 or email [email protected] and these kind folks will include your candy in Holiday Stockings they’re sending to troops come December.
4. Soldiers and Angels: Send your candy to 1792 E. Washington Boulevard, Pasadena, California, 91104, and this organization, which facilitates the “adoption” of soldiers deployed abroad, will pass the nougat on.