Peter & Shannyn – Friday, October 30
Several locations are accepting candy donations to help various causes, including kids & soldiers.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Ronald McDonald House helps keep severely ill kids and their parents together during treatment. After Halloween, most locations accept donations of unopened candy for the families being served. You can search for your local chapter on the website but call ahead to find out the rules for dropping off candy.
Operation Stars and Stripes
Founded in 2001 in memory of a Vietnam War hero, this all-volunteer nonprofit supports service members at home and abroad with care packages and letters. Packages of unopened candy can be sent to the organization’s Georgia headquarters. Specific shipping info can be found on the website.
Operation Shoebox and Any Soldier
These are two more organizations that collect and send care packages to troops overseas. Operation Shoebox accepts individually wrapped candies all year long. Meanwhile, Any Soldier allows you to decide which branch of the armed forces you’d like to support: Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines
Finally, don’t forget about your local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, food pantry, or retirement or nursing home. Many take donations of unopened candy for residents and guests. It’s worth calling to find out if they accept treats, which your kids can deliver with a note and a non-cavity-filled smile.
Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, October 28
REI is the only retailer confirmed to be closing on Black Friday, but Thanksgiving-lovers will be happy to hear that plenty of others are reclaiming the holiday for family time. Here’s a preliminary list.
- Sam’s Club
- Home Depot
- Barnes and Noble
- Crate and Barrel
- Burlington Coat Factory
- At Home
- Von Maur
- Mattress Firm
- Half Price Books
Peter & Shannyn – Monday, October 26
Comedienne & author Chonda Piercejoins P&S to talk about grief & her new movie event “Laughing in the Dark”. All you need to know at her website, Chonda.org.