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Too much Halloween candy? Donate it to our Troops!

posted Oct 10, 2014, 8:56 AM by VVESPTA Admin   [ updated Oct 10, 2014, 8:56 AM ]
On Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4, we will be collecting excess Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends care packages to American soldiers around the world so they know that they are appreciated. Every package is completed with a handful of candy. They use the candy like packing peanuts to fill up the box! And our candy will make into care packages just in time for the holidays.

Last year, Pleasanton school children generously donated more than 2,500 pounds of candy! Tri-Valley Tradeshows is providing us with free shipping, and the Pleasanton Mothers Club buys all the boxes and tape, so there is no cost to our schools or PTAs.

Wrapped candy of any type can be donated. Simply place it in the donation boxes in the front office after Halloween. Please separate candy that might melt from the hard/sugar candies that won’t and place them in the appropriate box. We need these to be sorted before shipping. Assume that anything with chocolate, gummy bears, licorice or gum might melt.

Please do not go out and buy extra candy for this purpose; we will receive more than a ton just from the excess!

We would also love to collect pictures, drawings and letters for the troops. You can also place these in the front office. There are letter writing guidelines available from Operation Gratitude at Thank you!

Make Survival Bracelets for the Troops?

Looking for a project for your boy scouts or girl scouts? Or to earn community service hours? Operation Gratitude is looking for volunteers to purchase and assemble paracord bracelets for our troops. A paracord bracelet is 8 feet of survival cord that you weave into a thank you bracelet! It costs $10 for a pack of 5. Learn more at:

If you deliver paracord bracelets to your school’s front office by November 4, we are happy to save you shipping costs by including these with our Candy for the Troops shipment.