Operation Gratitude Halloween candy donations are a great idea if you have lots of lots of leftover Halloween goodies. This is a great way to support people who are giving their all for others!
WHAT IS OPERATION GRATITUDE?
Operation Gratitude was started as a way to connect Americans with military personnel and first responders through volunteer projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements.
The groups that are served by Operation Gratitude are: deployed troops, Veterans, first responders, recruit graduates, wounded heroes and their caregivers, and military families.
HOW CAN I HELP OPERATION GRATITUDE?
Operation Gratitude has several different programs that allow people to get involved and offer assistance in multiple ways.
Some of the programs are:
- Virtual Volunteerism like writing letters, making paracord bracelets or even just shopping their wishlist via the AmazonSmile program.
- Join or create an Operation Gratitude running team to raise money for care packages.
- Halloween Candy Give Back Program
OPERATION GRATITUDE HALLOWEEN CANDY GIVE BACK
Many families end up with WAY more Halloween candy then they need or could ever eat. A lot of people would LOVE to give some of this candy away, but don’t know where to donate.
The Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Give Back Program is a perfect choice.
You can sign up to be a Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy donor as an individual, as a group or as a business.
Once you decide to participate you will need to get registered and they will email you important information and updates.
WHAT KIND OF CANDY CAN I DONATE?
There are only a few restrictions on the types of candy you can donate to Operation Gratitude.
Most of the Halloween candy that your child is given on Halloween will be just fine.
Here are the types of candy that cannot be accepted:
People always wonder if chocolate candy can be donated and the answer is now YES.
Please don’t include any other kinds of donations in the Operation Gratitude Halloween candy box. If you want to do other types of donations that is great, but they need to be sent separately to separate locations.
WHERE DO I SEND THE CANDY?
Once you are registered you will receive more specific information about where to take or mail the candy you collect.
I will go over the basics for you and remember that things may be a little different this year due to the pandemic.
Mailing the candy to the main processing center may be the easiest way to donate this year. The address is:
OG Candy Processing Center, ATTN: Halloween Candy, 8967 Oso Ave Building D, Chatsworth, CA 91311
- Remember to line the box of candy with plastic or put the candy into plastic bags. This helps prevents messes if the box were to be damaged during shipping.
- Boxes should not be larger than 24x24x20 inches.
- Make sure your box of candy weighs less than 30 pounds.
- The donor is the one paying to ship the candy.
- Be sure to fill out the DONATION FORM when you send off the box.
- Make sure to have your box postmarked by November 13th. It does NOT have to arrive by the 13th…only be mailed by the 13th.
If you know of a First Responder Department or a Veteran’s group be sure to have them sign up to receive candy.
The point of contact for the group can sign up so the group can be a recipient of the Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy program!
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