This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude. Donations will be collected at StreetSmart’s US headquarters, located at 2520 Pilot Knob Road, Suite 140, Mendota Heights, MN.
This marks the fourth year of StreetSmart participating in this community service program. 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 StreetSmart starting October 31 and through November 5th from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Visit www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy to learn more.