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Thank you for your interest in the Halloween Candy Buyback program and for your thoughtfulness in providing the candy to Operation Gratitude for our Holiday Care Packages. Operation Gratitude will be sending 60,000 care packages (including our Milestone Package in December) and we need tons of candy, literally, to fill them! Last year, we received and shipped 127.5 TONS! We hope you will participate in this worthwhile and fun activity!
This year, we welcome your participation even without paying the children $1/pound for the candy! Alternative ideas you can use -- "goody bags" with dental hygiene products, coupons from local businesses, and/or entries into a drawing for a special prize, etc.
This year, we have another new addition to the program: We hope to receive 100,000 Toothbrush/Toothpaste sets to include in the care packages with the candy! Please help us reach this important goal.
Chocolate candy is fine this time of year. If you have volunteers to help you, we would appreciate if you would separate chocolate candy from all other candy and send to us in separate cartons, marked "Chocolate" or "Non-Chocolate." This would be a huge help on our end to ensure that the chocolate candy is all sent during the cooler months.
We invite you to "like" us on our Halloween Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/HalloweenCandy (where we will be sharing lots of new Halloween Candy ideas and updates) and on the Operation Gratitude page: www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude for overall information about our program.
As long as you will be sending all collected candy, items and letters to Operation Gratitude, you are authorized to use the Operation Gratitude name, logo, photos, flyers and other materials in connection with your collection efforts.
To request Flyers and Posters about Operation Gratitude, please email email@example.com. Check out our fun Halloween Candy buyback Video too! If you'd like standard language to use about Operation Gratitude, let us know and we will email different length versions. We can also send the Operation Gratitude logo for your use.
In addition, you are welcome to use photos and troop letters from our website as long as attribution is given to Operation Gratitude. If you need higher resolution files on the website photos, please copy and paste the photo into an email and send to us so we can identify and find the original file(s).
I especially encourage your office and your patients to write letters/cards to the troops that we can include with your candy in the packages. We also welcome donations of dental hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss--perhaps your suppliers/reps would be willing to participate as well!
(Thank you for understanding that we cannot pay for shipping donations to us, as we need every penny of our funds to pay the shipping on the care packages to the troops: $15/package).
Please deliver your product and letter donations by NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15th, 2013 to:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
ATTN: Rich Hernandez
Ph: 262-OPGRAT-1 (262-674-7281)
Please include this Donation Form in every package.
If sending more than one carton, a Donation Form must be included in each carton. Please indicate the total number of cartons being sent so we can be sure we have received all of them. Also — PLEASE NOTE: For our acknowledgment and “thank you” letter purposes, if the donation is a cooperative effort it is important that all donors be specific regarding who is donating items and who is donating postage costs.
All shipping information can be found on the Operation Gratitude Blog: SHIPPING INFO
If you want confirmation of delivery on your shipment to us prior to receipt of our acknowledgment letter, please use the tracking system provided by your shipper.
If you will also be mailing any financial donations, please make checks out to, and send separately from the candy (with a note referencing the candy) to:
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436
All financial donations will be acknowledged. If you would like to receive an acknowledgment for the donated candy, please include this form inside the shipment: Donation Form Acknowledgments will be sent within three months. Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax deductible as provided by law.
We welcome any digital photos of your Halloween Buyback Events to post on our Website and Facebook Page. Please feel free to use the Operation Gratitude name in connection with your collection efforts IF you will be sending the candy to Operation Gratitude. If you'd like standard language and logos to use, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, you are welcome to use photos and troop letters from our website as long as attribution is given to Operation Gratitude. If you need higher resolution files on the website photos, please copy and paste the photo into an email and send to email@example.com so we can identify and find the original file(s).
Again, please be sure to deliver your donations by no later than December 5 to ensure we can get them into our care packages this year. Any candy received after that date must be discarded.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your kindness. You will be putting smiles on the faces of our warriors during an otherwise difficult time away from home. They and we will be forever grateful.
“As a dentist, you can own Halloween!”