Every year, millions of pounds of candy end up in the trash after Halloween. From over-buying to kids collecting more than they can eat while Trick-or-Treating, candy is wasted across the country. For the past two years, Atlanta Swim Academy has participated in a program that will help our community produce less waste after Halloween while also showing our support for our service members and veterans!
Soldiers’ Angels, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit, hosts an annual collection drive for excess Halloween candy. The organization ships the candy to deployed service members around the world for a sweet treat from home! They also utilize their “Angel” volunteers to distribute candy to veterans of all eras in VA Hospitals across the country.
Atlanta Swim Academy is proud to team up with the national organization to get our local community involved with giving back to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. Our business has registered with Soldiers’ Angels to be an official drop-off site for Halloween candy. Once our collection drive is over, Atlanta Swim Academy will donate all collected candy to Soldiers’ Angels where it will be packaged and shipped to deployed or distributed in VA Hospitals.
The vision of Soldiers’ Angels is: May No Soldier Go Unloved. Although the gesture of handing out miniature candy bars may seem small, the impact that small gesture can have on troops and veterans is huge.
“When you are deployed to a combat zone, there are many comfort items you may go without for an extended period of time,” says Amy Palmer, President and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “Receiving care packages from home is a wonderful and unexpected surprise. The joy these service members get from opening a package of treats from home is immense and has a profound impact on their morale. The same can be said for veteran patients in VA Hospitals. Some patients have no family or regular visitors. When our Angel volunteers come in with treats like candy, the spirits of these patients are immediately lifted!”
The public is invited to drop off their candy at Atlanta Swim Academy , 732 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb 30068. Their collection drive will run from October 31st to November 15th from 10:00am to 5:30pm.
For more information on the program, or if you are interested in registering your business as a drop-off site, visit: www.SoldiersAngels.org/