September 30, 2008

Got Candy?

Think about our troops overseas this Halloween

Operation Gratitude, a program that sends care packages to soldiers deployed overseas, is asking for your Halloween candy this year.

Dentists who "buy-back" candy from their patients are encouraged to send it to Operation Gratitude to include in their packages. The program plans to send 70,000 care packages in their sixth annual holiday drive. Helpers will begin putting packages together Oct. 18.

They are also looking for financial donations to help with rising postage costs as they need $700,000 to successfully complete the holiday drive.

Candy and other items can be shipped until Dec. 5 to: Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, Calif., 91406 ATTN: Charlie Othold.

Checks made out to Operation Gratitude can be sent to: Operation Gratitude, 16444 Refugio Road, Encino, Calif., 91436. To see how you can help, go to and click on "How You Can Help."

Bellevue Leader 9/29/08


Nikowa Lee {Quirky Mom} said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!

Thank you SO much for sharing!

We honestly don't eat that much candy around here. I still have Easter candy!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Wow this is fantastic! I'm so glad you told us about it!!

Minnesota Matron said...

Love it - we have a nephew in Iraq. Great idea...

tulipmom said...

Thanks so much for sharing this ... much better than ultimately throwing it out.