NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — After Halloween this year, 2,000 area elementary students set aside a portion of their candy for deployed American troops. As part of the fifth annual Great Halloween Candy Give Back, students gathered 1,887 pounds of treats to donate. Volunteers contributed 70 combined hours preparing collection bags and sorting and boxing candy to ship to U.S. troops stationed overseas in conjunction with Operation Gratitude, which annually sends more than 100,000 care packages to U.S. service members and their families.
“It’s very rewarding to see more than 2,000 students and community members come together to give back to such a worthwhile cause,” says Kris Tietz, regional director of volunteer services at Mayo Clinic Health System. “This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity, support and contributions of all who participated.”
Sponsors and partners of the initiative include:
- Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague
- New Prague Public Schools
- St. Wenceslaus School
- New Prague Fire Department
- Dr. Jon Colling and Dr. Tom Smith, Main Street Dental
- Dr. Douglas Vayda, Orthodontic Specialists
- New Prague Chamber of Commerce
- New Prague Rotary Club
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.