Too much candy? Farmington area moms collect for troops

The Farmington Area Mothers Club hopes you’ll turn over your excess Halloween candy to help support U.S. troops overseas.

The club is hosting an Operation Shoebox drive at the McClary Bros. Tasting Room, 32621 Grand River in Farmington. Founded in 2003 by a military mom, the nonprofit sends care packages to supplement the basic necessities that soldiers receive while stationed abroad.

Hours for collection this week are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Candies should be individually wrapped and heat-resistant – so no chocolate. Kids are also encouraged to make card or drawings to send, something soldiers particularly appreciate receiving.

The troops need more than candy, as well, and the Club will also accept donations of items listed on the Operation Shoebox website:

In addition to the care package items, the Club will include postcards and hopes to hear back from some of the men and women who received the packages.