Care package program sends unwanted Halloween candy to troops

Care package program sends unwanted Halloween candy to troops

YAKIMA, Wash. - Healthcare workers in Yakima are asking for your kid's Halloween candy this November, for a good cause.

Howard's Medical Supply in Yakima is collecting leftover, unwanted candy to be sent with handwritten thank you letters to troops overseas, veterans and first responders.

Organizers said the Operation Gratitude’s care package program teaches kids the value of giving back by donating their excess treats.

More than 400,000 pounds of candy was donated to the cause and sent to deserving recipients in 2017, according to a press release.

If your kids are not finishing the candy in their buckets, you are encouraged to drop some off at Howard’s Medical Supply, at 1101 N. 16th Ave. Items can be dropped off Nov. 1 through Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Organizers say they are also accepting donations of dental floss and travel-sized toothpaste, as well as pens and mechanical pencils for deployed troops writing letters home during the holidays.

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