#trashouttuesday / candy necklaces for homeless kids

Do you struggle with a never ending stash of candy that comes from family, friends, events and Halloween??

Our family does.

I will admit that I don’t allow our kiddos to make eating candy a daily habit. I would rather it be a special treat and something that they look forward to instead of something they feel entitled to (all of their grandparents would argue with me to no end on that comment, btw!).

This past weekend we had friends over for our Meaningful Christmas Ornament Exchange – and I decided it would be the perfect time to use all our willing hands and the overabundance of Halloween candy to GIVE BACK!

Have you ever heard of Bright Blessings? Here’s their incredible purpose:

Bright Blessings is a volunteer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the greater Charlotte community. The goal of Bright Blessings is to bring joy, recognition and support to homeless children and families during difficult times in their lives. Every year, Bright Blessings makes a positive impact in the lives of thousands of needy youth and families across multiple counties around Charlotte.

One of their main programs is called Bless-A-Birthday and involves giving birthday parties to kids at homeless shelters.

Here’s where the candy comes in: One of the items that the kids love to receive at the birthday parties is a Candy Necklace.

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Here’s what to do with your candy:

[1] Pick up a roll of clear cellophane wrap from the dollar store.

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[2] You will need ribbon. It doesn’t matter what kind or what color. Also, mixing different colors and types of ribbon makes it all the more fun!

[3] Cut the clear wrap into 6-8 inch pieces and lay out 5-6 pieces of candy as seen below. Long and skinnier pieces of candy seem to work better than fat wide pieces.

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[4] Roll the clear wrap around the candy into a tube.

[5] Cut short pieces of ribbon (3-4 inches) and double tie in between each piece of candy.

[6] Cut 1 long piece of ribbon (10-12 inches) and tie to each end of the tube of candy.

There you have it – a candy necklace!

I was having too much fun with friends and didn’t get photos for all of the steps…SORRY! But, here’s the finished product again modeled by my beautiful friend, Melissa – and a few random photos of the ladies having fun 🙂

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The next time you invite a few friends over, take some time to give back – I promise it makes a good night great and you don’t have to do anything big or spectacular. Use what you have and help others!

Proverb of the Day:
So – join the company of good men and women, keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths. It’s the men who walk straight who will settle this land, the women with integrity who will last here. The corrupt will lose their lives; the dishonest will be gone for good. [Proverbs 2:20-22]


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