Halloween Candy Drive to Support Deployed Troops and Local Heroes 


Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching them the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude’s Care Package Programs for U.S. Troops, Veterans and First Responders is a win-win for kids and parents.  This Halloween, our trick-or-treaters at Ocean Air will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude.

Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2017, more than 400,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s Heroes through its care package programs.

“Operation Gratitude’s mission is to thank all who serve, bridging the divide between grateful Americans and the Heroes who serve and protect them,” said Kevin Schmiegel, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and CEO of Operation Gratitude. “The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.”

Collection bins for your excess candy will be set up in front of school on November 2 and 5, 2018 at morning drop off. Donated candy will be included, along with handwritten thank you letters, in care packages sent to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Veterans, and First Responders serving in their local communities.  Our children will be working on the handwritten thank you letters in class.  Volunteers are needed to sort and pack donated candy.  Let’s help Operation Gratitude in their mission of saying “Thank You” to the heroes who serve.  Contact Suchita Jariwala at suchita.jariwala@gmail.com or Annik Whittle at annik_s@yahoo.com  for any questions or to volunteer with packing candy.

Operation Gratitude accepts individually wrapped, fun-sized Halloween candy.  They do not accept and please do not donate:

  • 1lb bags of loose candy (i.e. candy corn)
  • Halloween toy giveaways (i.e. plastic rings, charms, fake teeth)
  • Loose sugar candy (i.e. Pixie stix)
  • Perishable products (i.e. caramel apples, homemade treats)
  • Any type of potato or other chips