Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Candy Collection for Deployed U.S. Soldiers

Check out our flyer and press release for our Operation Gratitude candy collection!  You can see a larger pdf version at our website -

October 17, 2011
Lorton, Virginia

Tracy Jones and Dee Dee Phillips, Realtors with Acquire Real Estate, LLC, and the Dental Office of Peter J. Lanzaro, D.D.S. are working with OPERATION GRATITUDE on a service project to collect unopened Halloween candy and thank-you cards, letters, and drawings for our deployed U.S. Troops.  The drive will take place from October 24 through November 4.  Donations should be dropped off at Dr. Lanzaro's office, 8918 Village Shops Dr, Fairfax Station, during business hours.

OPERATION GRATITUDE uses collections from all over the country to create individual care packages for our Soldiers.  They have been running a Halloween candy collection for several years and last year collected over 21 tons of candy for our Troops. You can find out more about OPERATION GRATITUDE at their website at and see a video about the candy collection at

We chose this project because we wanted to recognize and thank our military families.  We also wanted a project that would allow local families to participate without requiring much of a monetary investment.  This collection lets kids participate by donating some (or all) of their collected candy, and/or by drawing pictures or writing letters.  We encourage your family to participate.  Our goal is to collect 200-300 pounds of candy and 50 or more letters and drawings, and –of course -- to get all that extra sugar away from the kids!!

You can get additional information about the drive at, just click on the button in the middle of the page that says “Click here for info on our Halloween candy collection project.”  For more information please contact Tracy Jones at 703-690-1174 or, or Dee Dee Phillips at 703-635-0188.