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Neighborhood Expert: Where to donate leftover Halloween candy

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA and D.C. with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or

I  saw this viral video on Instagram about a family who swaps candy for a toy for a kid which apparently people had strong feelings about. In our house, there’s of course a “Dad Tax” on 100 grand bars that the kids bring home, but there’s always a bunch of stuff that either I hate for them or they don’t like. One of my kids doesn’t even like most of the candy unless it’s going to stick to his teeth and guarantee a cavity (thank goodness for good dental insurance). If you’re like us, and Halloween candy can last a year in your pantry, why not do something good with it instead?

Here are some places to donate candy this year:

Treats for Troops: Drop off any candy from now until November 8th at Caboose Commons (2918 Eskridge Rd, Fairfax – the Mosaic one!) and they’ll work with the Kiwanis Club to ship it to the troops!*

Ghaffari Orthodontics: Drop off candy this week and they’ll be donating it to local churches. 100 Church St NE (Corner of Church and Center St).

Tisseront Orthodontics: The 16th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back — candy at $2 a pound with $1 going towards Children’s National in D.C. All candy collected is sent to the US Armed Forces overseas. Taking place Monday, Nov. 6 from 1-5 p.m.

Through the Heart: This amazing organization creates comfort kits to parents who experience pregnancy loss. You can drop off candy through November 15th at their location in Edgewater, MD or my colleague at 109 S Pitt St Alexandria. If you’d like to donate to this organization but can’t get to Alexandria, please reach out to me and I’ll come pick it up and drop it off for you.

Also don’t forget about the Little Free Pantry by the Emmaus United Church on Maple Ave, and the one on Moore Ave by Wesley United Methodist Church.

*As of November 4 they are at capacity. Additional Treats for Troops locations are still open.

A box full of various chocolate bars (via Denny Müller on Unsplash)

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