Operation Gratitude collects and distributes leftover Halloween candy to military members all over the world, giving them a sweet taste of home. Since 2003, Operation Gratitude has sent over 2 million care packages to soldiers, and in 2018, they sent 264,420.
You have two options for donating. The first is to ship your candy. You gather your candy, and then fill out an online donation form. You’ll get an email with a printable bar code, that you can put on your package. You’re responsible for the cost of shipping the candy to Operation Gratitude. The second option is to visit a drop off location. The closest dropoff location to Columbus is in LaGrange at Children’s Dentistry of West Georgia, LLC.
Children’s Dentistry of West Georgia, LLC
202 Calumet Center Rd
LaGrange, Georgia 30241
Phone (706) 298-5007
There is a host of DOs and DON’Ts you’ll need to follow, including lining your box with plastic and separating notes to the troops in a ziplock baggie. You can read the full list HERE. Candy must be dropped off or mailed by November 8, 2019.