Are you tired of looking at all that Halloween candy? Or have you been ‘helping’ the kids eat the candy yourself? Looking for ways to avoid sugar-high kids and future cavities?
With Halloween over, we have two kids’ worth of candy that we normally wouldn’t allow our kids to eat, as well as leftover candy that we handed out to kids, all of which is sitting in our kitchen cabinet collecting dust. It doesn’t help that I’m nearly 6 months pregnant and craving chocolate, and am constantly tempted to dive into the kids’ candy.
As of today, both of my kids have forgotten about their stash of candy. I plan to keep a few pieces in case they ask, and donate the rest to one of the following outstanding organizations.
Below are a few suggestions for how you can do something good, too, by donating your children’s Halloween candy:
Sends care packages to our troops oversees. They are accepting Halloween candy to include in care packages, and if you scroll down to the bottom of the Operation Gratitude page, they have detailed shipping information. If you include a check for $15, you can cover the cost for Operation Gratitude to ship the candy to the troops overseas, too. They are also in need of letters of support for our troops, so now is the time to get out the construction paper and let the kids go to town! Your family really can make a difference.
Operation Shoe Box
Sends care packages to our troops overseas. If you are interested in donating your candy through Operation Shoe Box, you can mail it to:
8360 E Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420
Local food pantries typically accept candy donations. You can look for one in your area here.
Local Dentist Halloween Candy Buy Back Program
According to their website, this is how it works:
- Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
- “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc. They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
- Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
- Operation Gratitude sends the candy to U.S. Military deployed in harm’s way
When I did a quick search for participating dentists in my area, I was able to find 13 dentists within a 15 mile radius of my house.
Lastly, nursing homes, churches, synagogues and other places of worship generally have candy drop-offs.
One tip that I had heard was to offer your kids your own exchange. You can offer them a choice – keep the candy and eat a small amount at a time, or keep a few pieces and donate the rest to charity. If they donate the candy to charity, they can have a ‘prize,’ like a new toy to pick out at the store, or you can always do something special with them like make some homemade goodies together (or take them somewhere memorable).
-Do you plan to donate your children’s candy?
-If so, which organization do you plan to donate your candy to?