Baton Rouge Lagniappe: How to donate leftover Halloween candy to troops overseas


Brightly coloured Christmas stockings lined up filled with gifts.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Leaders of Baton Rouge Soldier Outreach want to encourage Capital Area families to talk to their children about donating leftover Halloween candy to military troops overseas.

The non-profit plans to stuff care packages for overseas military men and women from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mooyah Burgers and Shakes, 6555 Siegen Lane, on Nov. 2. Interested volunteers who would like to assist with stuffing will be provided with details upon arrival.

“The holiday season is upon us.” said CEO Christy Smith. “Please do not forget those that are away from their loved ones during this time.”

The care packages will be sent to Staff Sergeant A. Chandler Venable, of the U.S. Marin Corp in Qatar. Smith said there are 130 Marines in her unit, 20 of which are female.

Smith said the unit does have access to a microwave and is requesting non-perishable Christmas stocking stuffers in addition to leftover Halloween candy.

Items may be dropped off at a variety of locations across the Capital City.

  • Mooyah Burgers and Shakes, 6555 Seigen Lane and 320 Lee Drive
  • Holmes Building Materials, 7835 Airline Hwy
  • Prime Physical Therapy, 4506 S. Harrells Ferry
  • Slydog Cycles, 15736 Florida Blvd
  • Higher Destiny Church, 600 Florida Ave., SW, Denham Springs
  • Holmes Building Materials, 1102 Florida Ave, SE, Denham Springs
  • Sharon Baptist Church, 9433 Section Road, Port Allen

Smith said the organization will accept monetary donations to help with the cost of postage and shipping. Donations may be made online at Money collected may also be put toward insurance for the organization’s warehouse.

For additional information, you may reach out to Christy Smith at

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