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Saturday, October 27, 2007

So Much Candy!

Halloween isn't even here yet, but the partying has already begun. I remembered Katie's post from last year on strategies for dealing with all the candy, and I decided to figure out how to send it in a care package to the troops this year.

Here's are the options I found:
-Send it in a care package to someone your directly know.
-Contact your local Reserve station or Recruiting office to obtain a list of soldiers to send it to.
-Send it to an organization whose primary purpose is packing and sending care packages to troops.

I have decided to go with the third option, and send our candy to Operation Gratitude, based here in CA. The candy will be packaged with all sorts of other good and needed stuff and sent over during the holidays. I'm going to tell my girls the plan (instead of stealing away with their candy in the night) and hopefully they will give of their candy willingly (after taking out their choice of "favorites" of course) and maybe they'll even get excited about collecting their candy on Halloween Night to give to the troops instead of indulging in their own overabundance. Yeah, it's probably wishful thinking, so we'll see how it goes.

If you're interested, here's the mailing address:

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, California 91406
ATTN: Charlie Othold: 818.437.6201

For more ways to become involved with this organization (from other types of donations to sewing, to letter writing) look here.


  • What a great idea. Here are a few more ideas of things to do with all that candy:
    1. When we were little we could eat as much as we could stand, that night, and the rest was tossed.

    After letting the kids pick the favorites-
    2. We save the hard candy for gingerbread houses in December.
    3. Last year we also divided it up between our 72 hour kits.
    4. Another great place is the glove box in the car. The car worked especially well because we could dole it out in little bits when we were stuck waiting somewhere, it lasted a really long time and even came in handy when a diabetic friend of mine needed some quick sugar.
    5. Some candies are great for christmas cookies and candy. We use the milk chocolate bars to melt on toffe.
    6. Pin~atas!
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 10/28/2007 08:58:00 PM  

  • Great post, Carrie. Getting ready for the influx of candy over here - we'll have to put some of these strategies info practice for our family. I love anonymous's idea about keeping some in the glove compartment - good bribes!
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 10/28/2007 09:41:00 PM  

  • This is a great idea! Also love the pinata idea. Very clever...
    posted by Blogger LJ at 10/28/2007 10:17:00 PM  

  • I'm so glad I'm in college. I'm gonna eat it all! Hahahaha.
    posted by Anonymous Mia at 10/29/2007 09:41:00 AM  

  • We use a lot of ours in our Guy Fawkes pinata Nov. 3rd. (give google a try)
    posted by Blogger claire at 10/29/2007 10:50:00 AM  

  • We buy our kids candy from them. I don't know what he pays for it exactly but it is a great motivator to give it up. Then my husband takes it to work. I do like the idea of sending it to the service men.
    I want it gone so I don't eat it either.
    posted by Blogger delilas at 10/29/2007 12:03:00 PM  

  • Might I recommend not asking your local recruiter for a list since they likely don't have a list of deployed personnel hanging around. DH was a recruiter for years and he told me that he'd have had no idea what to do if someone had asked him for that info. Just fyi
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 10/29/2007 03:22:00 PM  

  • Thanks for all the additional ideas everyone. The Guy Fawkes celebration sounds like fun!

    And final Anon, I read online that someone had luck with asking at their local recruiting office which is why I added it to the list. But she also mentioned that she lived in an "Army Town" so maybe that is the difference.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 10/29/2007 03:28:00 PM  

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