On the heels of an unprecedented response to the Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program, truckloads of donated candy are arriving at Operation Gratitude headquarters in Van Nuys, CA. Every bag, box and pallet load is weighed and logged in by dedicated Operation Gratitude volunteers, who are asking the question: “Just how much candy will we receive this year?”
To help answer that question, Operation Gratitude is inviting the public to participate in a “Guess the Candy
Dr. Curtis Chan and staff with collected candy.
Weight 2010″ contest on Facebook. Guess the number of pounds and ounces of candy that Operation Gratitude receives and the participants with the top five (5) closest guesses (without going over the actual total weight of candy received as of December 3, 2010 by 4 pm Pacific Time) will win one of 5 great prizes.
The contest opened November 5, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and ends December 5, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. The Operation Gratitude computer is the official time-keeping device for the contest.
The prizes include a $1,000 donation to a 501c(3) non-profit charity or K-12 school of winner’s choice; a Peyton Manning Autographed Tennessee Volunteers Mini-Helmet , a package of Operation Gratitude logo items, including a Flip Camera; a one year supply of vitamin drink mix, an Operation Gratitude Military Challenge Coin, and several digital cameras.
Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages containing approximately 50 assorted snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters. The Halloween candy is added in by the handfuls to fill in every space in the box.
“Halloween candy reminds the troops of the great traditions we celebrate at home– which they are protecting by serving in harm’s way” said Operation Gratitude Founder Carolyn Blashek. “In addition, the troops give the candy to the children in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the ‘winning hearts and minds’ strategy. Often the children will provide critical information in return, prompting one Marine to write: ‘You are not just putting smiles on our faces, you are saving our lives.'”
The “Guess the Candy Weight 2010” contest is free to enter and open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 13 years of age or older.
To enter the Contest, go to any or all of the five (5) participating Facebook pages during the Contest Period, “like” the page (if not already liked), click on the “Photos” tab, find the Album titled “Guess the Candy Weight 2010” Album and enter a Candy Weight Guess in pounds and ounces as a “comment.” Entries that do not include all the required information and adhere to the Official Rules will be considered void.
Participating Facebook Pages:
1. First Prize: $1000 donation to a 501c3 non-profit charity or K-12 school of winner’s choice, courtesy of
Rogers Family Coffee Company plus a Sony Digital Camera
2. Second Prize: Peyton Manning Autographed Tennessee Volunteers Mini-Helmet with a Certificate of
Authenticity from Upper Deck
3. Third Prize: Cafe Press Package of Operation Gratitude logo items, including a Flip Camera.
4. Fourth Prize: One year supply of Emergen-C® vitamin drink mix and a Minolta Digital Camera
5. Fifth Prize: Operation Gratitude Military Challenge Coin and a Sony Digital Camera.
Operation Gratitude received approximately 20,000 pounds of candy in 2007; 40,000 pounds in 2008; and 122,000 pounds in 2009. Candy is collected by dentists, businesses, schools and other groups nationwide and shipped to Operation Gratitude headquarters. Additional information can be found at: www.HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com and www.OperationGratitude.com
About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm’s way. The organization’s mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 570,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas. The 600,000th package will be assembled and shipped on December 11, 2010.
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