What can we do with my children's extra Halloween candy?

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What can we do with my children's extra Halloween candy?

Dear Diabetes Educator,

My children went out “Trick or Treating” tonight and they came back with lots of candy.  My daughter has type 1 diabetes and my two sons do not.  I want to limit the amount of candy that all of my children are eating. I want to have a discussion about keeping 7 pieces and giving away the rest.  Do you know an organization that would really appreciate the candy that we will give away?

Thank you,


Dear Helen,

You may want to give you children a few options on what to do with their candy.  It is a good idea to limit the amounts.

 My favorite place to donate “extra candy”, is to send a package to our Military troops. It would be wonderful for your children to write a letter to go into the package with their “candy donation”.  I like the organization Operation Gratitude.  They are very organized.  I really can’t think of a better way to share their extra candy than as a thank you to those that help keep us safe. For more information go to:  http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/operation-gratitude-donation-shipping-info/

Another idea would be a local nursing home, veteran’s hospital or a residential hospital.  Make sure you call ahead to see what their policies are for accepting edible gifts and to see if it would be gratefully accepted. 

You may also want to explore   The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for next year.  When my children were young enough to trick or treat, they always liked to help other children around the world.  A link to their site is: http://www.trickortreatforunicef.org/unicef-resources

Thank you for asking.  I hope many children will elect to share their treats and make many people happy. 

Clara Schneider MS,RD,RN,CDE,LDN