The Event: 7th Annual Community Candy Drive, celebrating Veteran’s Day with Candy and Cards for the US Troops
Date: Nov 14th 2014
Time: 10:00 am -11:00 am
The Community Candy Drive initiative started off small, seven years back, out of a desire to incentivize children to eat less candy, without decreasing any of the fun that Halloween brings, and instilling in them the spirit of sharing and giving.
It started as a community wide buy-back program, where kids could bring us their treats and we would pay them for it. This became immensely popular, and we decided to go a step further by sharing these treats with our troops abroad. Candy is not a big deal for most of us, but for those that are serving our country, it’s a piece of home, and a reflection of our gratitude for their sacrifices.
We send care packs to our soldiers via a Weymouth-based non-profit, Care Packs.
The response from our community has been phenomenal.
Last year, over twenty different organizations and Wellesley schools participated in our Annual Community Candy Drive. We were able to collect more than 7300 lbs. of candy! Students included heart-warming notes of gratitude and appreciation for the American Troops. This year, we have already been contacted by institutions across the metro-west region, including schools from Newton and Natick.
A graduate student and Fulbright scholar from Babson College, Meenah Tariq, is helping us with the event.
In order to make the event more fun for the kids that participate and reward their spirit of giving and community service, the 7th Annual Community Candy Drive incorporates an element of student appreciation, with a raffle for all participants, with the prizes being handed out at our grand finale on the 14th of November.
Guests and Speakers:
Ellen Gibbs, Selectman at Town of Wellesley
Dr. David Lussier , Wellesley School Superintendent
Wellesley High School Band – performance
Elementary School students – National Anthem
Participants 2014 (confirmed thus far):
At the Wellesley Dental Group we believe that the amazing turn-out and outpouring of donations and notes that we witness each year are a reflection of the strength of this community. It renews our faith in humanity to see young children sharing the treats they love so much, with our servicemen. We hope to continue and grow this tradition, making it bigger and better each year.
Media – Candy Drive 2014:
Wellesley Weston Blog: http://www.wwmblog.com/news/welldental-candydrive
Media – candy Drive 2013:
Photographs from past Candy Drive Events: