Sweet Season for Giving



We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated their leftover (and excess) Halloween candy this year, you outdid yourselves!! We tipped the scales at more than 265 pounds of candy- 45 more pounds than we collected last year!

So what happened to ALL that candy? Well, we are happy to report that we were able to donate the candy to NCPacks4Patriots. The candy, along with other items such as holiday decorations, games, food, toiletries, and more will be distributed to our deserving service men and women, both local and deployed.

SAS is a Hero

CandyBoxesKeith Stallings from NCPacks4Patriots happily picked up 12 boxes of candy…yes, 12!...to deliver to NC Packs4Patriots. Keith later told us:

“Your generous donation saved the day! NCPacks4Patriots has received very little candy from Halloween donations this year, and the 265 lbs you donated were a welcome sight and a big hit.

We stuffed 510 stockings for military personnel stationed overseas. These particular stockings will be distributed to the crews of the USS George Washington and USS Carl Vinson, two aircraft carriers. 510 stockings for over 10,000 sailors might not sound like much, but it’s a big deal when it’s combined with the donations from other organizations. Plus, the sailors who get the stockings will share them with their teams! Trust me- you touched a lot of lives with your donation.

Thanks again for helping NCPacks4Patriots bring a smile to so many of our military personnel who will be away from home during the holidays.”



And there’s more good news! Less than half of the candy was used to create the stockings, so your donation is going to touch many, many more lives.

Once again, the SAS family has displayed a kindness that is very appropriate for the holiday season. Thank you for putting your candy to a good cause; Treats for Trade was yet again a huge success!!


Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub
Makes ½ pint
Recipe from: soletshangout.com


Having a hard time figuring out what to get the people in your life that have everything? How about a DIY Foot Scrub that smells just like sugar cookies?!

This unique and thoughtful gift can be whipped up in minutes with just a few pantry staples. Pair it with some warm, fuzzy socks and you’ve got the perfect gift set! The holidays can be a stressful time, so be sure to save a little for yourself- your feet will thank you later!



2/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 half pint glass jar
Ribbon or baker’s twine


1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk sugars until completely combined.


2. Add olive oil and vanilla extract and mash together with a fork until all of the oil is combined into the sugars.


3. Pack mixture into glass jar.


4. Tie a decorative bow around the mouth of the jar with festive ribbon or baker’s twine. Create your own label or use this printable version. Adhere label to front of jar and/or lid.


5. Give as a gift or enjoy yourself! Stored in a cool, dry place, this scrub should last several months.

Notes: I placed a piece of clear packing tape on top of the label to adhere it to the jar. This will help make it more “water resistant” and help the label stay on the jar better.


Click here for a printer-friendly version of this recipe.



About Author

Ashley Bailey, MS, RDN, LDN


Ashley is a Nutritionist at SAS Institute in Cary, NC. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Biofeedback Instructor, and has a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, running, cooking and crafting. Follow @abaileyRD on Twitter.

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