Local Children donate over 400 lbs of Halloween Candy to American Soldiers Serving Overseas!

CUMBERLAND (November 28, 2012) – The Children’s Workshop, Inc, a local child care and early education provider, encouraged the children from its eighteen MA and RI schools to donate a portion of their Halloween candy to send to the troops. The kids delivered! About 425 lbs of it in fact!

The company encouraged families to swap Halloween candy for a children’s book in the hopes of exchanging cavities and sugar induced hyperactivity for learning, literacy, and charitable giving. The program was very well received with families from all eighteen Children’s Workshop schools participating. East Greenwich center Director Kelly Hogan commented, “I am overwhelmed with the participation from the kids here and the public. I’m going to need to stock up on books for next year!” 

Several children gave far more than the minimum thirty pieces requested. Thirteen large boxes containing over 425 pounds of candy were shipped – one directly to a unit in Afghanistan, one directly to a unit in South Korea, and the rest to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends care packages to United States service members deployed overseas.

For more information about Operation Gratitude, please visit www.opgratitude.com and for more information about The Children’s Workshop please visit www.childrensworkshop.com.