Yesterday was Halloween and you know what that means: a ton of candy will pass through your home. Whether you are handed out candy to trick-or-treaters or you have trick-or-treaters who live in your home, there will be plenty of candy changing hands. When you woke up Thursday morning you might have come across a ton of candy.
Do you really want to eat all of it or let your children eat all of it? It's understandable that you don't want to be that parent who doesn't allow candy, but let's be honest, there's always a limit. So, what should you do with all of that Halloween candy? Here are some ideas that are benefit local organizations.
Donate to a Local Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House Charities always accept donations of unopened candy following Halloween. The candy will be distributed to families being served by the charity, which helps keep families together when seriously ill children are being treated. Make sure you check with the charity for a Ronald McDonald house closest to you and that they are accepting donations. All candy must be unopened.
Donate to the Armed Services
There are dozens of charities that collect items for members of the armed services throughout the year in the South Jersey area. These organizations also often collect unopened candy following Halloween. The troops who are defending us around the clock all over the world deserve to enjoy candy just like the rest of us. Be sure to send your unopened candy to the members of the armed forces.
Explore a Candy Buy Back Program
There are dentists who utilize a candy buy back program each year following Halloween. This is a great way for them to reach out to the community and meet potential patients. Make sure you call around to dentist offices in the area to find out which ones are offering such a program. If they are, you can likely hand them any unopened candy in return for toothbrushes, floss, other dental items and sometimes even coupons for various dental services.
Donate to a Local Food Pantry
Food pantries in the area usually also accept unopened candy after Halloween. If you would rather donate to a cause that is local and will help people of your own community, consider taking the unopened candy to the food pantry in your town or neighboring town.
Donate to a Nursing or Health Care Facility
Nursing homes and health care facilities will also accept unopened candy after Halloween. These residents likely aren't able to get to the store on their own and might not have family close enough to take them shopping or bring them what they desire. Make sure you check with the facility prior to dropping off the candy to ensure that it is an acceptable donation.
Are you interested in the mission of the Hunter's Heroes Foundation? Contact us today to find out more or to make a donation to our cause. As a reminder, the annual Beef and Beer Birthday Bash honoring Lt. Christopher Hunter is coming up on November 17. Be sure to get your tickets from a foundation member today.