Vail Today: Donate extra Halloween candy to Treats for Troops in Vail (Video)
October 30, 2017
If you are wondering what to do with all that extra Halloween candy once the trick or treating has wrapped up, consider donating those sweet treats to the troops.
Treats for Troops is a project of Soldiers' Angels, which delivers leftover Halloween candy overseas to United States military members. Soldiers’ Angels, whose motto is “May No Soldier Go Unloved”, provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families and a growing veteran population.
The program was brought to the valley by Libbie Stanton, an 8-year-old student at Vail Mountain School and her mother, Sophie Silver.
Stanton and her mother have been working hard to get the word out about the candy collection. They've teamed up with the Town of Vail to provide drop off locations at the Vail and Lionshead Welcome Centers, the Vail Public Library and Town of Vail municipal building.
To really get an idea of what this means to the troops overseas, Silver had her daughter meet with former marine Mike Vaughan, who is now the fire marshal at the Vail Fire Department. "It was so cool to talk to Mr. Vaughan," Stanton said. "He said although he didn't receive a box of candy personally, he imagines that the troops would love getting the candy and that it meant that us kids were safe enough and had the freedom to go trick or treating and that made the soldiers feel good, knowing that they are keeping our country safe," Stanton said.
Stanton and Silver heard that the troops had their favorite types of candy: Snickers and Reese's Pieces. When asked if she had a favorite type of candy, Stanton said, "I've never met a piece of candy I didn't like," but added that after she has her share, she is happy to give the rest away to the troops.
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Candy donations will be accepted from now until Nov. 12th. For more information, visit http://www.soldiersangels.org.