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Sweet ways to donate unwanted Halloween candy to a good cause

How to donate Halloween candy to military service members, sick kids and more.
/ Source: TODAY

Trying to figure out what to do with the Halloween haul your kids brought home this year after trick-or-treating? A great way to spread the spooky season spirit is to donate your extra candy to a good cause.

Kids might think there's no such thing as too many sweets, but as a parent, you know that sometimes, that bag full of sugar might be too much for your little one.

Donate Halloween candy 2022

If you’re concerned about the calories of those fun-size bars adding up, or just tired of your little ghosts and ghouls bouncing off the walls in a sugar rush, check out the organizations below which will gladly accept candy donations — for a good cause!

Where to donate Halloween candy

1. Treats for Troops

Run by Soldier’s Angels, this program allows you to send sweets to military service members. Kids can earn buyback prizes, and you can get a tax deductible receipt for your donation.

2. Halloween Candy Buy Back

This group partners with businesses such as dentists offices to get extra candy out of the hands of your little ones in exchange for healthy items such as toothbrushes, hygiene kits and coupons. Use the zip code search to find a buyback location in your area.

Never miss a parenting story with the TODAY Parenting newsletter! Sign up here. 3. Operation Shoebox

This organization is ready to receive your candy donations — they distribute candy on Halloween, Christmas and Easter to troops that are missing the festivities while away from home regardless of where they are stationed. Any candy donations can be sent to Operation Shoebox at: 8360 East Highway 25 Belleview, FL 34420.

4. Ronald McDonald House Charities

Call your local chapter to find out rules on bringing your unopened Halloween candy for severely sick children and their families to enjoy. While your kids are out trick-or-treating, these families will appreciate the taste of the holiday being delivered to them while they are in need.

Other options for candy donation include calling your local food pantry, homeless shelter or nursing home to see if they accept Halloween candy. Just remember to save at least some for yourself — you deserve it.

CORRECTION (Nov. 1, 2022): Operation Gratitude was mistakenly included in this list; the organization no longer ships Halloween candy to service members. You can find more information and ways to supoprt service members on their website.

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