It happens every year. I get all excited about meeting the trick-or-treaters. I plot out exactly what candy to buy and who has it the cheapest. (The business that will deliver it to me usually wins.) I arrange the candy in a lovely bowl. Then, for one reason or another I get no trick-or-treaters.
And by ‘one reason or another’ I mean I forget to leave the porch light on.
Well, lastt year when I woke up the morning after Halloween to a bowl full of candy I had optimistically left out overnight for late-night trick-or-treaters, I took my problem to Google.
“What to do with leftover Halloween candy,” I searched, and I found my answer — Operation Troop Treats.
It is a national nonprofit that dentists run to collect candy for U.S. service members and their families.
Drop off candy at a local dentist’s office, through the nonprofit Operation Gratitude.
My son, Donovan, and I gifted our leftover candy, no problem last year in Atlanta.
And I have to be honest, it is one of few service activities I’ve done since Donovan was born. Part of that is intentional. I have a tendency to stretch myself too thin.
When I found out I was pregnant, I made the deliberate decision to make space in my life for my child and step back from organizations I had earlier dedicated hours and hours of time to.
I don’t regret that decision one bit. My baby’s worth every minute I can find, but I also want to teach him that he has a responsibility to help other people, to care about them and to give to them.
I believe you teach that lesson by doing.