Teaching children the value of giving back by donating Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists. This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude.

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.

“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 will be collected in Mrs. Shirey’s room from November 1 through November 5th. Please do not buy candy specifically for this purpose. We want the children/families to donate leftover candy and/or from that which they received while Trick or Treating.

For those who do not celebrate Halloween, we will have a table at the Harvest Festival (October 18th) for Franklin students and families to write cards and handwritten thank you letters for deployed Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders.