Halloween Candy Donation For ‘Operation Gratitude’

Kids love Halloween, but most of us Moms wish there was something more to it than loads of candy! We end up slowly throwing it out, sending it off to someone’s place of work, or worse… eating it ourselves!

One way to solve this problem is to donate excess candy to a charitable organization. Making a family philanthropy project into a Halloween tradition will teach young children that even in times of plenty, they can find a small way to give back to others.

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Local dental office Turner-Wood Dental in Glassboro is one of many offices participating in a Candy Buy Back program to support the soldiers overseas. Donated candy is sent to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit created to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of active duty and veteran soldiers. They send more than 150,000 care packages each year to deployed U.S. troops, recruits, veterans, wounded warriors recovering in military hospitals and their caregivers at home. Within each box are different item such as toiletries, products, homemade cards, and often a handful of candy to accompany granola bars and/or beef jerky.

Bring the kids out to Turner-Wood Dental’s annual Halloween Candy Buy Back and join the fun!

When: Monday, November 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Where: 500 Mullica Hill Road/Route 322, Glassboro, NJ (at the light before Rowan’s campus)

What: FREE hot dogs and lemonade will be offered and a goody bag for each child!

All candy is accepted but it must be WRAPPED. They pay $1.00 per pound of donated candy (up to 5 pounds). There will also be a card making station so each child can make a card to send to the troops!


Want to learn about great local charity projects for kids? “Like” Charitable Children of Southern NJ on Facebook to stay up to date on all the philanthropic ideas and events you can do with your children in the area.