While the littlest ghouls and goblins are looking forward to amassing piles of candy come Halloween on Monday (Oct. 31), some parents may be concerned about that candy and the ill affects it can have on both the teeth and health of the children.
The Canterwood Real Estate Team is offering a solution for Gig Harbor families interested in lightening their sugar stash after the holiday by hosting its first annual “Treats 4 Troops” candy trade-in event Nov. 1 to 3.
This is the first of several events that the Canterwood Real Estate Team will be hosting as a way to reach out and connect with the Gig Harbor community, said Russell Tanner, a real estate agent on the team.
Halloween is getting more and more successful for kids and parents are trying to get rid of their candy. I think that the dentists in Gig Harbor will appreciate this.
Russell Tanner, real estate agent with The Canterwood Real Estate Team
“Halloween is getting more and more successful for kids and parents trying to get rid of their candy,” Tanner said. “I think that the dentists in Gig Harbor will appreciate this.”
The Canterwood Real Estate Team is part of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and is comprised of Mike Drake, Alesha Beckel and Tanner.
“We wanted an easy and good way to be involved in our community and this is an easy stepping stone,” Beckel said of the team’s goal to engage with the community.
Families trading in their candy will receive a free children’s meal at The Hub at Gig Harbor, donated by owner Pat Nagle, for each child under age 10 who donates candy.
We wanted an easy and good way to be involved in our community and this is an easy stepping stone.
Alesha Beckel, real estate agent with The Canterwood Real Estate Team
The collected candy will be donated to local and overseas troops, with longer-lasting candy being sent to troops stationed overseas and more perishable candy given to troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In addition to donating their candy, the team is also encouraging children to write a letter to be sent along with the candy care packages overseas.
“We’re hoping for a package deal, with the kids feeling good dropping off their candy,” Tanner said. “We’re encouraging people to drop off candy with their kids.”
The candy trade-in is open to the Gig Harbor community, with candy pickup available for Canterwood residents who sign up before Nov. 3 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any amount of candy will be accepted for trade-in and anyone interested is asked to email email@example.com to ensure the correct number of meal coupons will be available.
“I’m hoping we get a lot of letters (and) a lot of positive feedback,” Tanner said. “We’d encourage anybody to drop off up here.”
Treats 4 Troops candy trade-in event
Candy drop-off will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 to 3 at 5727 Baker Way, Suite 101, off 54th Avenue in Gig Harbor.