Put that Halloween haul to good use.

By Corey Williams
November 01, 2018
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It happens every year: You’re afraid of disappointing adorable children, so you buy Halloween goodies in bulk. Without fail, one or two trick-or-treaters trickle by your house and you’re left with 100 pieces of tempting-but-bad-for-you candy.

Don’t stuff your face just yet! Operation Gratitude will use those excess treats to brighten the days of American troops, their families, veterans, and first responders.

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Since its founding in 2003, the organization has delivered more than 2.1 million care packages to heroes serving overseas and at home.

Operation Gratitude’s Halloween Candy Give-Back Program is a major source of the sweet treats included in every package.

You may have seen the program featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2016:

Donating is easy: You can find a map of drop off sites around the country on Operation Gratitude’s website.