Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Operation Cash-For-Candy?
A group of local health professionals are collaborating to protect the health of young trick-or-treaters and to say thanks to the troops fighting to keep the free world safe. Working with Operation Thank You, these doctors are buying back excess & leftover Halloween candy and sending it to the troops.

What happens to the candy?
The candy is given to a non-profit organization - Operation Thank You. The candy is re-packaged into care packages and sent to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Operation Thank You
Operation Thank You is a local non-profit organization comprised of individuals throughout the communities of Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, West Richland, Prosser and the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington State . Their mission is to ensure that all military personnel and their families, past and present, are treated with the utmost respect, and to enlighten the community as to the needs of our military and their dependents.

Amvet Post 397 has placed boxes through out the community collecting supplies for operation thank you's wish list. Please click the operation thank you link below to view supplies needed under "Care Packages". Click here to visit the Operation Thank You Website.

If you would like to donate any items or would like any further information on Amvet Post 397, please contact Larry Olsen at:
Phone: 509-946-9411 (post) • 509-943-9499 (home)

Click Here to view other items that you can donate to Operation Thank You

Why send candy to the troops?
That is a very good question! While we don’t believe in taking all the fun and sweetness of Halloween night traditions away from the kids, we do believethe excess candy is always better off with a responsible adult than with a child. In addition to being a welcome and deserved treat, the military troops use the candy to befriend the locals and trade for information which often saves lives by finding hidden explosive devices and other dangers.

“It's people like you who do the simple things to remind us soldiers that we’re not forgotten.”