Send Extra Sweet Treats to the Troops


Halloween has arrived and with it comes more candy than anyone could need. So, why not share the love?! Operation Gratitude is once again putting together Halloween Candy for Heroes, and we’re all about it. It’s a program that helps trick-or-treaters donate Halloween candy to deployed troops and first responders.

Operation Gratitude is an organization that regularly sends care packages to veterans, first responders, new recruits, wounded heroes, their care givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas—plus their families waiting at home. Since their inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has sent over 1 million care packages!

We’re proud of them, and happy to take part. So once you’ve enjoyed some candy and maybe stashed a few items away for later, gather up your excess and send them off. Your local Anytime Fitness may be organizing a collection, otherwise you can send them on your own! Read below for the simple steps.

How to Donate Your Candy

Traipsing around town trick-or-treating is the hard part! Here are the easy steps after that:

  1. Sort through all your candy to make sure it is unopened.
  2. Put it in a plastic bag(s) before going in a box.
  3. Fill out a donation form(s) to ship with your candy. One per box.
  4. Make sure your box is under 50 lbs.
  5. Ship your box(es) to:

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278

*Make sure Operation Gratitude gets your package by Nov. 15th!*

No candy to spare? Not a problem! Operation Gratitude has lots of different ways you can donate and help out America’s troops and first responders. Learn more by checking out their wishlist or donating online. You can also follow Halloween Candy Give Back and Operation Gratitude on Facebook to get timely reminders.  

Make sure to rope your kids into the plan though, OK?! Happy Halloween.

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