Each year The Shipping Place, serving all of Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie, teams up with Project Literacy in The Great Halloween Candy Exchange. Once participating children have collected all their goodies on Halloween, they bring them to four collection points in Dutchess County. This year’s collection points were at Roller Magic in Hyde Park, The Children’s Medical Group in Poughkeepsie and All Sport Fitness Centers in Fishkill and Pawling. In return, the children receive books and one of the following:
- 7 day Family Membership at All Sport Fishkill
- Mini Golf Pass at the East Fishkill Gold Center
- Fun Central Mini Gold Pass
- Free skate pass to Hyde Park Roller Magic
- Family skate pass to McCann Ice Arena.
The candy is then transported to The Shipping Place in Hyde Park, where we pack it into 70 pound boxes. We then send these boxes to our troops fighting in Afghanistan. This year we shipped the candy to four different US Marines for distribution to their troops, the USS Roosevelt, a Captain in the US Army and a Lieutenant Colonel. The Lieutenant Colonel is the Civilian Affairs officer in Kandahar.
We shipped twenty-two 70-pound boxes – a total of over 1500 pounds of candy – to our Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines this year. The Shipping Place collected donations from our customers to help defray the cost of shipping. The amount not covered by these gifts was donated by The Shipping Place.
We are proud to partner with Literacy Connections to help our community demonstrate its support for America’s service men and women.