The sound of the bell ringing next to the red kettle outside the grocery store brings back childhood memories. Each year my mom would give me a bit of change to drop into the kettle. For me the holiday season isn’t just about family and kids circling toys in the store ads, it’s also a time to give back. This year, along with our usual Operation Christmas Child boxes, the kids and I have decided to give back to those that keep our community safe.
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With two very full buckets of Halloween candy, there is no way we would ever eat it all. This year when the kids sorted through the candy stash, we put some aside to make thank you bags for the local police and fire department.
Want to make your own thank you bags for those that keep your community safe?
- Fill sandwich bags with 8-10 pieces of candy. We tried to include a variety: several different mini candy bars, Twizzlers, and a lollipop.
- Add a short note to personalize it.
We filled 15 bags to give back to local police and firemen. We plan to drop off several at the fire department. We are keeping a few in the car to hand to police officers we may see when out doing errands.
This year the kids will get a chance to toss a bit of spare change into that red kettle at the grocery store. They’ll also get a chance to thank our local heroes for keeping us safe each day with this simple way to give back.
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