I bought my first home last June and one of the things I was most excited about (besides being able to paint my walls) was the prospect of trick or treaters. I live on a busy street and was certain that my front porch would be swarming with princesses, monsters, and Hannah Montanas on Halloween. So, I did what any reasonable person would do. I bought 14 bags of candy. Which was definitely enough to feed the 5 trick or treaters who ended up gracing my doorstep.
So now I feel stupid and sad. And that makes me want to eat sugar. And I currently have 14 bags of candy in my kitchen. What's a girl to do? Thankfully, a friend's wonderful idea saved me from this potentially catastrophic situation. She suggested using the candy in care packages for the troops.
Local chapters of Blue Star Mothers, Inc. send care packages to men and women serving around the globe. Sadly, many of these young people don't receive any boxes or letters from home. You can show your love and support by putting together a care package and then dropping it off at your local Blue Star Mothers chapter. Click here to find a chapter in your area.
The Bay Area chapter's website suggests filling your box with goodies like ground coffee from Peet's or Starbucks, candy, peanut butter, lip balm, crossword and puzzle books, batteries, waterless hand sanitizer, and more. Click here for their entire list, but be sure to check out the specifications of your particular chapter.
If you've put together care packages for the troops before and have any tips or ideas, please share them. Happy packing!