We all buy the candy we like for trick-or-treaters. We do it so when there are leftovers, we will have no problem polishing them off. The fact though is this; we don't really need those extra calories. How about we put all that leftover candy to good use this year?

You may heard Steve Summers and I talking about our favorite leftover candies to eat. What you don't know is that a fabulous listener called us afterwards and told us about something awesome her kids' school is doing with their leftover Halloween candy. They send it to our troops overseas! I think this is an incredible idea! Her kids attend Pecatonica Elementary School, and all next week they will accepting donations of candy that they then gather up and ship overseas. Does your school do this?

After hearing about this, of course I had to do some research. What I found was Operation Gratitude. Their sole mission is to send care packages to U.S. Military, and they have a fabulous Halloween candy program. If your school, church, business, or organization wants to be a part of this program, check out all the details here.

Think about having a conversation with your kids before they go trick-or-treating about sharing their candy with others who really need a smile. Maybe they will agree to split their haul. One piece for them, one piece for a hero. It's a win-win. They brighten the days of our service men and women, and you don't have to deal with the sugar highs.