Halloween has officially come to a close, and for many of us that means an abundance of leftover Halloween candy. Eating the leftover Halloween candy may be part of the holiday fun for some of us, but for others who do not want to, or cannot, enjoy these sugary snacks we have a great alternative!
Good Morning Vail had the pleasure of having Pete Thompson and Liberty Stanton stop by the studio to talk about the program. Pete is the commander of our local veteran’s organization, and Liberty is a local 12-year-old who brought Treats for Troops to Eagle County.
“Me and my mom were on vacation in Florida and we saw this flier, and my mom researched a little bit and we found out there was nothing like that in Vail so we thought it was a really good idea to bring it here,” said Stanton.
Treats for Troops is a program run by the nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels. The program allows the community to easily donate their leftover Halloween candy to soldiers and veterans. Businesses can register to become designated drop off points for community members to donate candy, which then gets distributed to deployed service members and veterans in VA hospitals.
Last year Eagle County collected 600 pounds of candy for Treats for Troops, with a goal of 1,000 pounds for 2018. Soldiers’ Angels nationwide goal this year is to raise 17,000 pounds of candy to donate to our troops and veterans.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
According to Stanton, “there are five locations, so there's the Vail public library, there's the Avon public library, there's my school, Vail Mountain School, there's the Vail municipal building, and there are both the Vail and Lionshead welcome centers.”
Treats for Troops tries to make donating as easy as possible for the community. Not only do they allow businesses to register to be collection sites, but you can also email InKind@soldiersangels.org or find the most convenient location for you.
Be sure to stop by one of the five donation locations before Nov. 11, and if your business would like to become a collection center on behalf of Treats for Troops contact Soldiers’ Angels.
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