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Donate candy to troops this Halloween

Live in Minnesota or western Wisconsin? Do something sweet this Halloween and donate candy to troops!

Each Halloween, kids come home from trick-or-treating with sacks of candy that weigh almost more than they do. And often it seems like the candy bowl at your front door will never run out, either. Rather than packing Halloween sweets in your child’s lunch for the next six months, trade them in at the leftover at our candy trade-in that HealthPartners hosts to collect and donate candy to troops.

We’ve hosted this candy trade-in each year since 2012. It’s put on by our PowerUp program, which works to make it easier for families to eat better and move more. And you’ll find that it’s a win-win-win that gets everyone smiling. Here’s how the trade-in works:

PowerUp will donate candy to troops serving overseas and local military members who are in between their active tours of duty.

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In exchange for their Halloween candy donation, your child will get a fun PowerUp prize.

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You – the parent – will feel good knowing you’re helping your family avoid cavities and sugar crashes.

There are 31 HealthPartners and community locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin where you can donate candy to troops.

Candy can be traded in during regular business hours on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 at these locations:

At all of these spots, kids will have the chance to write notes to thank members of our U.S. Armed Forces. Their letters will then be sent to troops as part of care packs that are filled with donated candy, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

*These candy trade-in spots are also hosting special events during certain hours. There will be other PowerUp activities for kids to take part in. And Chomp, the PowerUp carrot mascot, will stop by, too. Check out event hours at powerup4kids.org/Halloween.

Help us make this the biggest Halloween candy trade-in yet.

In 2017, the community traded in more than 2,000 pounds of their leftover Halloween sweets to donate candy to troops. Let’s set a new record in Minnesota and western Wisconsin this year.

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