CUMBERLAND(November 8, 2011) – The Children’s Workshop, Inc, a local child care and early education provider, through the efforts of the children from it’s sixteen MA and RI schools, collected 332 lbs. of leftover Halloween candy between November 1st– November 4th. All the candy collected is being shipped, on Veteran’s Day, to troops serving overseas. This is the second year for the program.
The candy is being shipped to one student’s father, Corp. Stephen Leblanc (Lincoln, RI), currently serving in Afghanistan, and also to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends care packages to United States service members deployed overseas.
“I cannot tell you how much this means to my husband and our family”, said Leblanc’s wife, Tara LeBlanc, “It’s a small taste of home that means the world to our troops. I can’t believe my daughter’s child care did something like this to recognize my husband. It is truly something I will remember.”
The Children’s Workshop also gave away 400+ children’s books to participants in exchange for the candy they contributed. The Children’s Workshop hopes that sharing books would encourage young participants to swap cavities and sugar for learning and literacy and stress the importance of charitable giving.
“Not only did we see donations from our students, but also from community members. Thanks to social media partners, local event calendars and word of mouth, news spread and we were able to collect triple what we did last year and give away double the books!” said Maggie Teller, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Another noteworthy difference this year was the quality of candy! Every flavor imaginable- and boxes of full size candy bars.”