There are plenty of creative ways to get rid of that excess Halloween candy other than eating it! The switch witch (trading candy for a toy), arts and crafts, science experiments, or baking candy into sweet treats. But in my opinion, the best way to deal with all that candy is to donate it! Below are several ways you can donate your Halloween candy while teaching your kids the joy of helping others.
1. Ronald McDonald House – Ronald McDonald House gives the candy to children and families of kids who are staying in one of their chapter houses while their child receives medical care. To donate to your local chapter of Ronald McDonald House, search for a local chapter on their website and send the candy to the mail address provided.
2. Operation Gratitude – Operation Gratitude sends 200,000+ care packages to veterans, first responders, new recruits, wounded heroes and their caregivers, and U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package contains food, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items, as well as letters of support. The goal is simply to lift spirits and provide support. All candy must be sent in by November 15 so if you’d like to participate in supporting our troops in this way, hurry and get that candy in the mail!
3. Halloween Candy Buy Back – Buybacks are held at local businesses, usually (but not always) dental offices. The goal is to remove excess candy from kids while supporting our troops! Participants buy back Halloween candy with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, etc. Follow the link to get more details and find a participating location near you!
4. Operations Stars and Stripes – This organization supports U.S. service members at home and abroad with care packages and letters. Donations are accepted year-round. Visit their website for shipping details.
5. Operation Shoebox – Operation Shoebox packs care packages for troops all year round. Send in bags of individually wrapped candies any time!
6. Any Soldier – Any Solider allows you to pick which branch of the armed forces you want to support: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, or Coast Guard.
Don’t forget about your local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, food pantries, retirement homes, and nursing homes. It’s worth a call to see if they’ll be accepting donations!