Halloween reminder: Veterans and service members like candy as well!

Photo credit Soldiers Angels

Soldiers’ Angels wants you to keep veterans and deployed service members in mind this Halloween. 

The national nonprofit which provides aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families, says there is still time for businesses and organizations to sign up as collection points for its Treats for Troops candy donations to be sent to deployed troops and distributed to veterans in VA hospitals.

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“For our deployed service members, something as simple as a box full of candy can be a huge morale booster,” said Air Force veteran and Soldiers’ Angels CEO Amy Palmer. "And our hospitalized veterans appreciate the gesture as well. Last year we collected over 100,000 pounds of candy and hope to have an equally successful drive this year.”

Treats for Troops allows local businesses to accept excess Halloween candy from kids in exchange for goodies. Once collected, the candy is shipped to Soldiers’ Angels. The nonprofit then distributes the candy to deployed service members and veterans.

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Sign-ups will be taken until Oct. 31 and each collection site may determine how long they’ll accept donations. To learn more, including how to sign up as a collection point or to find one near you, visit here.  If you are not Trick-or-Treating this year, you can help by making treat bags filled with candy.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com
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