Neary School collecting candy (and a little cash) for troop care packages through November 13.

Above: Have too much candy in your house? Neary School will be happy to take it off your hands and ship it overseas. (Images posted to flickr – candy by jeff_golden and soldier handing out sweets at an orphanage by NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan)

Did your kids come home Saturday night with way more candy than you plan to let them eat? Or did you overstock for trick or treaters who didn’t quite show up?

Neary School wants your extra sweets. But don’t worry – they aren’t planning to give the 4-5th graders a massive sugar rush.

Neary Picture on the Hill (from Facebook)For the 16th year running, the school is sending candy care packages to thank our overseas troops. The packages will include the school’s annual patriotic picture on the hill to show their support.

Shipping the candy isn’t free, so they are also seeking small cash donations to help.

And the school is welcoming input on service members to ship packages to. (Examples shared in the message to Neary families included residents, ARHS graduates, relatives, or even a “friend of a friend”.)

The deadline for the drive is Friday, November 13th.

Here are the details the school sent in last week’s Thursday packets: 

For the last sixteen years, the students at Neary School have collected Halloween candy. For the past eleven years, we have sent the candy to soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other countries. The soldiers we sent the candy to shared the candy with their platoon as well as Iraqi and Afghani children. We have received back wonderful letters of gratitude, pictures of soldiers, a flag flown over a base in Afghanistan and most recently, several military challenge coins. All of the soldiers we have sent candy to over the years have returned home safely, so now we are looking for other soldiers to whom we can send candy. If you know of someone from Southboro or an ARHS graduate or a relative or a friend of a friend who is stationed overseas, please let Mrs. Turieo know via e-mail [] and we will send him/her a package full of treats. We are also looking for small cash donations to subsidize the cost of shipping. Last year we sent over 50 boxes and the shipping cost around $800. If each child brings in a small donation, we will have more than enough money.

There will be collection boxes outside of Mrs. Turieo’s room (Room 2) for candy donations from Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 13th. Children who want to participate can bring the candy to school and place it in the box themselves. For storage reasons, please send only prepackaged candy.

The response from the students each year has been fantastic. Most of the children anticipate Halloween so eagerly. Although we do collect food items throughout the year, giving a small amount of their own candy makes the donation even more personal for the children.

Thank you for your support.

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