HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK PROGRAM
The Halloween Candy Buyback Program is a national effort that anyone can join by simply collecting excess Halloween candy and shipping it to the Move America Forward Operation Center. The candy will be put into military care packages that will be sent to to support the brave men and women serving our country overseas!
You can reach us at (916) 441-6197 or email us at [email protected]. You can also register on the national Halloween Candy Buy Back (HCBB) program website. If you prefer to not officially register, you also have the option of simply mailing us the candy to the address below.
Right after Halloween, you should collect candy from your patients. This year’s suggested collection dates are November 1st through 9th, but use whatever dates that work best for you. Many find giving families multiple days to drop off candy will lead to more candy being donated. Some even let people drop off candy all month. We will accept the candy no matter when it is sent.
Please send pictures of your event by emailing them to [email protected] or submitting them via this DROP BOX LINK. Remember to use the official hashtag #halloweencandybuyback and link to our social media pages. Instagram Twitter Facebook
SHIP US THE CANDY:
Please mail donations to
“Halloween Candy Buy Back”
Move America Forward
3105 Fite Circle Suite 108
Sacramento Ca 95827
There are no forms to fill out, just send your candy and items in its original wrapping. When it arrives our volunteers will weigh and account for everything received. Please include your contact info so we know who to thank. We will send updates to everyone who participate!
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SEND?
We also accept messages to the troops from kids, care package requests for deployed loved ones (name/address/email required), toothbrushes, toothpaste or any other items you may want us to ship to the troops (please keep all items in original packaging)
THAT’S IT! NICE AND SIMPLE!
HAVE A QUESTION?
If you have any questions, comments, or are interesting in doing more, let us know! You can reach us at (916) 441-6197 or email us at [email protected].
WHAT IS THE HALLOWEEN CANDY BUYBACK PROGRAM?
The Halloween Candy Buyback Program a national effort that anyone can join by simply collecting excess Halloween candy from kids and donating it to the men and women serving our country overseas. The candy will be placed inside our Troop and K9 care packages!
HOW DID MAF GET STARTED WITH HALLOWEEN BUYBACK?
In 2013, Move America Forward received its first Halloween Candy Buyback Program candy donation from Surf Side Dental and the Lakeview PTO at Lakeview Elementary School in El Dorado Hills, CA. Since then, we have started to accept donations nationwide to meet the need for care packages downrange. We receive requests for care packages daily and every single piece of donated candy helps us send more boxes to those who need it most, our brave men and women deployed overseas.
HOW CAN I LET OUR COMMUNITY KNOW THAT WE ARE COLLECTING CANDY?
Make a Flyer – be creative and let people know when and where they can drop off candy. Be sure to share it with as many people as you know. Here is an example (Example Flyer 1) Move America Forward Logo Halloween Buyback Logo
Make a Press Release – Use the sample below and fill in your own information. Then email it to your local news station and call the news rooms to invite them to do a story.
Take Pictures and Social Media – please post pictures of your team collecting candy on social media and your website. Follow our social media profiles and tag us in your posts. use #halloweencandybuyback and link to our social media pages. FACEBOOK TWITTER INSTAGRAM
Contact local schools or businesses in your area to see if they would like to join you in supporting the troops. Collect their candy too!
TIPS ON SHIPPING:
The best way is usually through the United States Post Office. But use the method that is most cost effective for your organization. Make sure to tape the box well so nothing comes apart. The USPS seems to be most cost effective but freight companies and other shipping companies might want to sponsor your delivery, they just need to be asked!. Here are a few websites that might help! USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL
Ask your local service organizations – The VFW/American Legion/Kiwanis/Lions/Rotary etc. – to help with shipping costs! They might jump at the chance to help.
For Larger donations (1+ pallets), please contact us and we might be able to help arrange shipping from our shipping partners.
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
Ask your son/daughter who is donating candy to write a letter for a Military Member
Stress what this gift means to someone that is so far from home and how big of an impact sharing makes
Ask family and friends to join you and make it competition
Find out if you know anyone deployed and sign them up to receive a care package
Big thank you to all of our previous participants and to anyone joining us this year! Thousands of brave soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen will benefit from receiving a care package from home with a little Halloween spirit inside. Move America Forward sends these boxes with love to our troops wherever our troops are in need. The Halloween candy from participants of the Halloween Candy Buyback Program make a huge impact!