Halloween Candy for the Troops!

Happy Halloween PicWe are really excited about the Halloween Candy BuyBack Program (“HCBB”)! Are you getting ready for another great year?

Need some ideas about how to organize and publicize your HCBB event? Find helpful tips here: Halloween Candy BuyBack Tips

Check out the creative flyers folks shared with us in previous years: HCBB Flyers

Dental offices can sign-up to list their HCBB event in a searchable database here.  (For questions about the database, please send an email to hcbb13@gmail.com)

We encourage dental offices to invite staff and patients to write letters/cards to the troops that we can include with the candy in our care packages: Letter Writing Flyer

We also encourage donations of dental hygiene products such as:
Commercially-sealed Lip Balm
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Dental Floss
Mouthwash

We want to keep the smiles on the troops’ faces all shiny, bright and healthy!

Wondering how you’ll get your donations to Operation Gratitude once youAAr HCBB event is over? Read on — and also find shipping information and tips here: Important Shipping Information

(Thank you for understanding that we cannot pay for shipping your donations to our facility, as we need every penny of our funds to pay shipping costs on the care packages to the troops: $15/package.)

Fill out and include this Donation Form in every package you send in order to receive an acknowledgment. Please indicate the number of pounds of candy and the number of toothbrushes, etc., you are shipping on the form.

Please ship or deliver your donations by NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15 to:

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
ATTN: Halloween Candy
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406

candy1IMPORTANT: Donations sent to any other Operation Gratitude address will not be acknowledged.

If you want confirmation of delivery on your shipment to us prior to receipt of our acknowledgment letter (allow up to 12 weeks), please use the tracking system provided by your shipper.

IN-PERSON DELIVERY: We will accept item and letter donations at the armory during our Volunteer Hours of Operation.

Financial donations are welcome and may be made online or sent by mail.

Again, please deliver your donations by no later than mid-November to ensure we can get them into our care packages this year and none of the candy goes to waste!

DO’s:

  • DO separate chocolate and non-chocolate candy.
  • DO fill out the Donation Form and include the number of pounds of candy, number of toothbrushes, etc., you are shipping.
  • DO remember that our deadline to receive the candy is mid-November.

DON’Ts: 

  • DON’T ship the candy to any other Operation Gratitude address than the Victory Boulevard address listed above.
  • DON’T buy candy at the 1/2-off sales the day after Halloween — please consider making a financial donation instead.
  • DON’T use boxes any larger than 24″x 24″x 20,” please.
  • DON’T send Pixy Stix – unfortunately, they make a mess for the troops.Candy2

You’re not a dentist but you still want to collect and donate candyThank you! We are grateful for your support!  We hope you’ll also consider collecting dental hygiene items (listed above) and writing letters — we really need those, too!

Last, but not least: We hope you will “like” the Halloween Candy BuyBack Facebook page, the Halloween Candy Give-Back page and the Operation Gratitude Facebook page if you haven’t already! Look for news, updates, helpful tips and other information about the 2013 HCBB there — checking those pages will be a good way to stay up on what’s happening.

Questions? Send an email to opgrat@gmail.com

Thank you for your support! 

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to say "Thank You" to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than One Million Care Packages.
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8 Responses to Halloween Candy for the Troops!

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  2. Kelly says:

    Do we follow the same directions as the dentist offices when sending our candy & cards?

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  7. Lynette says:

    Reblogged this on Momisms – My Moments in Motherhood and commented:
    If anyone is looking for a summer project, this is a great way to keep busy, empty your candy stash and support the troops! All in all a great idea!

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