Summer and I both share a passion for giving to charity. So she’s decided to spend November helping our readers find ways to give to others. Since yesterday was Halloween you might need an idea for all that extra Halloween Candy……Here is Day one of Season of Giving by Summer:
Each year I buy my kids’ Halloween candy from them; we literally pay them for each piece collected. I separate the candy in a pile of keeps and not keeping. The keeps we ration throughout the year with our at-home movie concession stand which I use to teach my children about the value of money. For the past three or four years we’ve had family or a close friend’s family deployed overseas serving our nation as in the military or civilian assisting the military, and the other pile is sent to them to boost their morale and share with their friends over there with them. These man and women long for the comforts and familiarities of home; so my family does our part by sending our unwanted Halloween candy and who doesn’t love a little treat, right? Plus in some of those places you just can’t get the same stuff we’re use to here.
This year, I have organized to give our candy to Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization with supports people serving in the US Armed Forces through morale support gift packages. Gift packages are sent year round and can contain personal hygiene items, edible treats, stuffed animals and lovies, homemade knit and crochet items, and hand written letters of thanks.
Operation Gratitude takes your unwanted Halloween candy and ships it in care packages to our Armed Forces men and women. All they ask of you is that you separate your chocolate from non-chocolate candy and send it in separate cartons which are labeled accordingly. This is a great opportunity to get your community – neighborhood or school – involved in giving. You can also get your dentist or pediatric dentist involved though Operation Gratitude’s “Candy Buy Back” program.
To show your support you can “Like” Operation Gratitude’s Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program on Facebook. You can also “Like” Operation Gratitude on Facebook. You can also keep up with Operation Gratitude on Twitter @OpGratitude.
Summer is very active in our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm.