A lot of you know that we support a US Military Unit stationed in Afghanistan with care packages every month. Well, since it's Halloween, we came up with something fun that we did to benefit the troops.
Chablis, my sister Laurie, and I all dressed up like soldiers and went trick or treating for our troops.
We wore signs that explained what we were doing and then as we went to each house we also explained that we were collecting candy to send to our soldiers. We also passed out flyers explaining the Any Soldier program.
The response we got was overwhelming! Before we even reached the first house a neighborhood police car pulled up next to us by the curb and the officer leaned out the window and handed us a bunch of candy and wished us luck! Honest to God, people were throwing handfuls of candy into our bags. Several people said what we were doing was wonderful and dumped their entire candy bowls into one of our bags. One woman laughed when we explained it to her and said "Thank goodness. I was wondering why such old women were out trick or treating." Ok, that was kind of funny but I sort of took offense at the old women remark! Then she gave us a bunch of candy so I forgave her. But the BEST one was an elderly lady who said she loved what we were doing because her grandson was in the army and waiting for his orders to ship out. She gave us each a nice baggy full of candy and we went on to the next house. A few minutes later the old lady came back outside and shouted for us to come back. She handed us an entire bag of unopened candy to send to the soldiers. Wasn't that sweet? She almost made me cry.
It was quite the haul. This was what we collected in one hour....
We'll be packing up boxes this week and you can bet that they will be stuffed with a lot of candy. I think the soldiers are really going to like all the treats. People sure were nice and I have to say, VERY appreciative of our military.
All I can say is God Bless all the generous people tonight for giving from their hearts and God Bless to our great military personnel. It was a perfect evening to be out - the temperature was about 50 degrees and lots of kids were out trick or treating. And a few old women!