The boxes were stacked so high they partially blocked the office window at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. All week long, the candy just kept pouring in as the YMCA once again ran its Halloween Candy Buyback program.
The scale was set up in the entryway. Kids weighed their extra candy, dumped it in the large collection barrel and then received a prize based on how many pounds of candy they donated.
And the pounds kept coming and coming from November 1st – November 9th, with box after box taped and readied for shipping to U.S. Military Troops serving overseas.
In the end, Snoqualmie Valley YMCA Director, Dave Mayer, said local kids donated 734 pounds of extra Halloween candy to American troops. That’s almost a half ton of candy!
Mayer said this was a record for the annual Candy Buyback event, surpassing last year’s total by a whopping 200 pounds or 40%. YMCA staff members loaded up the candy and delivered it to the USO on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
Mayer was excited by the results and commented, “What a great way for the youth in our community to learn to give back and stay healthy.”