The great Halloween candy project
For the second year, our neighborhood and the Geneva, Illinois elementary schools are going to band together to donate and send a bunch of candy to our troops overseas. I had this idea last year to ask everybody to donate their left-over candy after Halloween.
We decorate our front yard for the big day, in ways that would alarm the neighbors any other time of year, in order to advertise the candy collection.
We put a box on the front porch the day before, and here's the surprise. When kids came trick-or-treating on Halloween, they saw the sign "candy for the troops", and a lot of them dumped their own candy right into the box. You gotta love that.
The Williamsburg and Harrison Street schools also collected candy, we ended up with over 1,000 pounds. Yes, that's right. 1,000 pounds of candy X 12 billion calories and a few hundred cavities in the process, I suppose. But a lot of happy soldiers.
So this year, we're going to repeat the project and aim even higher (and for more cavities in the process, but it's all good).