We all Know It’s Coming

We all know it’s coming — the mad pile of Halloween booty that the kids bring back from a night of epic Trick-or-Treating. All the Greats will be there. The good, the bad, and the nasty orange and black wax paper wrapped peanut butter taffy things. I like to think about the goods though. Snickers, Skittles, Reeses, Nerds. . . . Need I go on? My inner six-year-old taste buds are dancing. I love the delight of Halloween and the childhood magic of all that candy. I enjoy it right along with the kids, because I remember the thrill of owning my own private stash. It only happened once a year and it was pure bliss.
My adult brain however, is fully aware of what a seemingly bottomless stash of candy means for the days to come – stomach aches, spoiled meals, begging for sweets at totally random and inappropriate times. . . and the kids, well, they’re no better about it.
So what to do with all that loot? I have a much better idea this year. I’m not planning on denying the kids the joy of mad sugar overload on Halloween night, but after that, we’re going to divvy up the treats. I happen to know of a few people who would get an even bigger kick out of snacking on those commercially wrapped goodies until THEIR taste buds dance. Any Soldier is a charity that was established in 2003 for soldiers who are on active duty over-seas, and who are in harm’s way. In a nut-shell, we are able to send letters and/or packages to a contact, and the contact will then pass them out to soldiers who aren’t receiving any mail. They are able to request items through the contact, and one of the most frequently requested items is snacks or treats. They don’t have any, and they miss them. For more information on Any Soldier, click here. We have sent a couple of things so far. It’s really very easy – and not too expensive. The flat rate boxes at the post office still apply to military packages flying into war zones. Last time we crammed a box full of chips, Little Debbie snacks (they specify NOT to send anything home-made), candy, drawings, and a short letter. So for $10.50 (plus the cost of the contents – about $8), we made a lonely soldier very happy. I can just see the smiling faces when a box cram-packed with Halloween booty arrives in a couple of weeks. Would you like to join us?? If you do, let me know – I’d love to post how many packages we were able to inspire!
Happy Halloween!

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