Yet Another Sweet Season for Giving

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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 right at 450 pounds of candy!

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That's 200 pounds MORE than we collected last year and more than double what was collected the first year!

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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.

@SASsoftware family generously donated 450lbs of candy to the #troops. Talk about a season for #giving! Click To Tweet

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Another fun way to use up leftover chocolates without eating them is to make these adorable paper trees.  It's also a great holiday craft activity for kids.

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Ingredients
Heavier weight paper, like cardstock or scrapbook paper (any design/color scheme)
Christmas tree stencil or cookie cutter
Scissors
Chocolate Kisses
Toothpicks
Tape or Glue

Directions

  1. Trace tree design on paper and cut out.  I used a cookie cutter but you could also create a stencil or free hand them.
  2. Insert toothpick into chocolate kiss to create a firm base.
  3. Tape or glue toothpick to the back of a tree.  Then tape or glue another tree on top to cover the toothpick.
  4. Place upright and enjoy!

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Ashley Bailey, MS, RDN, LDN

Nutritionist

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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