Simple Service: Donate your Halloween candy

Service Project: Donate that Halloween Candy!

Prep time: 5 min

Cost: Free (not including postage)

Duration: 5 minutes

Lesson(s) learned: Your Halloween candy can benefit someone on a different continent!

How we did it:

If you’re like us, we always end up with more Halloween candy than we could consume in a year. Last Easter, Addie donated much of her candy to a wonderful organization that supports our military both domestic and abroad. Before I asked her if she wanted to donate her candy, we took some time to discuss what the military offers our country as well as the sacrifices they make to support the freedoms that we enjoy. Addie and I talked about making the “troops” happy by sending them some of our candy. We selected Operation Shoebox to send our Easter candy to and we will be sending our Halloween candy to the same organization.

Operation Shoebox is a great 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2003 by a mom named Mary Harper who had multiple sons in the military. Mary discovered that while the military saw to the basic needs of the troops she believed that there was a, “need to boost morale with practical tokens of kindness in the form of snacks, personal care items, entertainment and thank-you notes to men and women stationed around the world.” The organization’s dedication has paid off as they currently ship between 800-1,000 care packages a week. According to their website, “In 2012, 114 tons of supplies were sent to hardworking members of the U.S. military around the world (About Us).”

It’s easy to gather up your leftover and throw it in a Ziploc bag! Operation Shoebox indicates that they only accept wrapped candy. In other words, anything that has been opened will not be passed along to the troops. They also indicate that “heat resistant” candy is best.


 ind a box that will fit all of your candy.

Candy donations should be sent to;

Operation Shoebox

8360 East Highway 25

Belleview, FL 34420

I love how this project gets your child to think about how important it is to show appreciation for the men and women in our military. They sacrifice for us every single day. Even though Addie will not be there when they open her gift, I talked with her about the big smile they will get when they receive it. It makes me smile just to think about it!

Have fun donating your candy and bringing a smile to someone in the military!