Donate Halloween Candy to Troops, Veterans and First Responders
You went trick-or-treating last night or you may have bought a ton of candy and didn't end up having a lot of kids come to your house. Now what? Ever thought of donating it to the troops?
Crossgates Mall has announced that a part of their First Military Awareness Day on Friday (we previously posted about this event) they have added a location for Operation Gratitude, according to a recent press release.
If you have extra candy from lack or trick-or-treaters or maybe your kid got more candy than they can eat this year, teach them the value of giving to others. Along with the candy donated, Operation Gratitude will include a handwritten thank you letter in Care Packages sent to U.S. Service Members overseas, Veterans, as well as to First Responders from our local community. In 2017 alone, more than 400,000 pounds of candy was donated and distributed through the care package programs.
You can donate your candy and/or write a handwritten thank you note at Crossgates Mall on the lower level near Lord & Taylor this Friday, November 2nd from 10:00am-4:00pm. They are also accepting donations of dental floss and travel-sized toothpaste, as well as pens and mechanical pencils for deployed troops writing letters home during the holidays. After this event, Crossgates will continue to collect candy and other goods inside the Carhartt store on the lower level by Macy's.