Children Give Back to Troops & First Responders, Donate Candy to Operation Gratitude
Santa Rosa Beach, FLA. October 27, 2017– Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of U.S. Troops and First Responders is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists alike.
This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the nation when they bring their Halloween candy and handwritten letters of gratitude to Cook Family Dentistry. The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in Care Packages to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and to First Responders serving here at home.
Dr. Cassidy Cook is proud to participate in the Operation Gratitude Halloween GIVE-Back Program to reduce excess sugar consumption, prevent dental decay, and teach children the importance of saying “Thank You” to all who serve.
“This is a great way to give back to those who are serving overseas in the military and those who are serving our communities as first responders,” said Dr. Cassidy Cook. “We’re happy to give back to them in some small way by donating extra candy and toothbrushes and we hope it makes them smile.”
Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween Candy each year. In 2016 alone, 533,891 pounds of that candy was sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution through its Care Package Programs.
“Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 1.9 Million Care Packages that include items such as DVDs, handmade scarves and hygiene products. Halloween candy is a wonderful addition to these packages,” says Operation Gratitude’s founder, Carolyn Blashek. “The candy is a great morale boost for the troops, and a means to create positive interaction with local children. Equally important is that the Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.”
Candy and handwritten letters or drawings to Service Members will be collected at Cook Family Dentistry, 2441 US Highway 98 W Ste 107 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 between Monday, October 30th and Wednesday, November 8th. In addition, Cook Family Dentistry will provide paper and writing utensils for anyone who would like to write a letter.
About Operation Gratitude:
Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.
Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 200,000+ individually-addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers. Each package contains food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support.
Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Care Package Assembly Events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” through active, hands-on Volunteerism.
To date, Operation Gratitude volunteers have assembled and shipped 1,904,647 care packages.
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