Candy for a Cause: Immediate Care Halloween Candy Collection for Operation Gratitude

CONTACT: Audra Burns
Director of Community Relations
Southern New Hampshire Health
Candy for a Cause: Immediate Care Halloween Candy Collection for Operation Gratitude.

Children Give Back to Troops & First Responders, Donate Candy to Operation Gratitude
October 17th, 2017– Immediate Care is proud to once again support Operation Gratitude’s Halloween Candy Collection. Last year the seven locations collected more than 700 pounds of sweet treats! Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of U.S. Troops and First Responders is a win-win for kids, parents, and Healthcare providers alike.
Community members are invited to bring their extra Halloween candy and handwritten letters of gratitude to any Southern New Hampshire Immediate Care location. The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in Care Packages to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas in harm’s way and to First Responders serving here at home.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to engage our patients and area residents in saying ‘thank you’ to our servicemen and women and first responders,” says Melissa Wu, MD, Medical Director of Immediate Care.

"Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages that include items such as DVDs, handmade scarves and hygiene products. Halloween candy is a wonderful addition to these packages," says Operation Gratitude's founder, Carolyn Blashek. “The candy is a great morale boost for the troops, and a means to create positive interaction with local children. Equally important is that the Halloween Candy GIVE-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service and generosity.”
Candy donations can be dropped off at any Immediate Care of Southern New Hampshire location, Mon-Fri.10am-8pm, Sat & Sun. 9am-6pm, November 1st-10th. 

AMHERST – 8 Limbo Lane
HUDSON300 Derry Road
MERRIMACK– 696 Daniel Webster Hwy
NASHUA–29 Northwest Boulevard
SOUTH NASHUA– 112 Spit Brook Road
PELHAM 33 Windham Road
PEPPERELL – 68 Main St.

About Southern New Hampshire Health Southern New Hampshire Health is comprised of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Foundation Medical Partners, and is Massachusetts General Hospital’s first clinical affiliate in the region. SNHMC is a 188-bed facility that has two campuses in Nashua.  Foundation Medical Partners is a multi-specialty physician group practice with more than 500 primary care and specialty care providers who serve patients in 32 communities across Southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts.  SNHH also offers urgent, walk-in care through 7 Immediate Care locations around the region. Through SNHH’s MGH affiliation, patients have easy access to advanced clinical expertise in areas including stroke, cancer, trauma and pediatric specialties. Together, SNHMC and Foundation Medical Partners comprise an organization working collaboratively to achieve the mission of maintaining and preserving the overall health of individuals living in the communities it serves.

About Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 200,000+ individually-addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers. Each package contains food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Care Package Assembly Events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” through active, hands-on Volunteerism. To date, Operation Gratitude volunteers have assembled and shipped 1,610,355 care packages.

Posted: 10/17/2017 by Audra Burns