Halloween Candy for Troops, First Responders, and Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Operation Gratitude Halloween Give-Back Campaign Underway
Candy for a Cause: Donations Distributed to Deployed Troops and Local Heroes

Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. 10/14/19 
Teaching children the value of giving back by donating Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude at local collection site: Briggs Auction’s Garnet Valley Showroom. The sweet treats will be included along with handwritten thank you letters in Care Packages sent to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, and hand delivered to Veterans and First Responders serving in their local communities.

Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2018, more than 440,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s heroes in signature Operation Gratitude Care Packages and local deliveries around the country.

“Operation Gratitude’s mission is to thank all who serve, forging strong bonds between grateful Americans and the Heroes who serve and protect them,” according to 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.”

Candy and handwritten thank you letters for deployed Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders will be collected at Briggs Auction, 1347 Naamans Creek Road, Garnet Valley PA until November 5th from 9am-5pm. Visit www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy to learn more.

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About Operation Gratitude

Demonstrating that actions speak louder than words, Operation Gratitude is a national nonprofit organization that provides tangible ways to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. Through its customized Care Package programs, Operation Gratitude has provided opportunities for millions of Americans to say “Thank You” to more than 2.3 million of our nation’s Heroes since 2003. In 2019, Operation Gratitude launched its Make Every Minute Count Campaign with the goal of delivering 525,600 Care Packages – one every minute of the year – to Service Members, their families at home, Veterans, and First Responders. Awarded a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and a Platinum rating from Guidestar, 94 percent of Operation Gratitude’s expenditures go directly to programs that support our nation’s men and women in uniform at home and abroad. To learn more, visit www.operationgratitude.com.

 

Local Media Contact: Stephanie Germana, stephanie@briggsauction.com| 610-566-313
Gratitude Media Contact: Communications@operationgratitude.com

Thank You For Your Support!

 

Thank you for making Operation Warm & our Halloween Candy collection resounding successes!

 

Thanks to our very so very generous customers, we’ve collected a great many items for our Operation Warm clothing and blanket drive for Cityteam Cheser. Our collection table is overflowing, and we’ll be making our first drop-off very soon, so all the donations can be put to good use!

We’re continuing the drive through January, so if you’re looking for a place to “lose” that ugly hat you got from Great Aunt Martha for Christmas, keep us in mind…

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Another Extra-Large Thank You to all who donated to our Halloween candy drive for our Troops and First Responders. Thanks to you (and with some help from the Girl Scouts), we shipped nearly 400 pounds of candy! Maybe we should have sent some toothbrushes, too!

Halloween Candy for Troops, First Responders, and Volunteers


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                      

 

Operation Gratitude Halloween Give-Back Campaign Underway

Candy for a Cause: Donations Distributed to Deployed Troops and Local Heroes

 

GARNET VALLEY/PENNSYLVANIA.  October 4, 2018 – 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, parents, and dentists.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude at local collection site: The Briggs Auction Showroom. The sweet treats will be included along with handwritten thank you letters in Care Packages sent to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Veterans, and to First Responders serving in their local communities.

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.”

Candy and handwritten thank you letters for deployed Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders will be collected at the Briggs Auction Showroom: 1347 Naamans Creek Road, Garnet Valley, PA 19060 until Friday, November 9th. Check the Briggs Auction website (www.briggsauction.com) for hours of operation. Operation Gratitude is 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. Visit www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy to learn more.

 

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About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3), volunteer-based organization, annually sends 250,000+ care packages to Veterans, New Recruit Graduates, First Responders, Wounded Heroes, Caregivers, and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $50 and $100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 2.1 Million Care Packages.

 

Local Media Contact: Stephanie Germana, Briggs Auction Consignment Manager, stephanie@briggsauction.com| 610-566-3138

Operation Gratitude Media Contact: Samantha O’Neil, samantha@operationgratitude.com