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Palm Springs USO accepting leftover Halloween candy

With Halloween over, the question is, what to do with all of the extra candy?

Volunteers from at the USO in Palm Springs are collecting whole bags of candy donated by the public.

“We usually get a lot this time of the year and at Christmas and we can use that candy all year long because the troops come in here,” said Ronald Meier, a volunteer at the USO.

According to volunteers, under their own USO rules, they are not allowed to use their own funds to purchase candy. Therefore, in order to continue providing these treats, they have to do so through donations.

The candy while small provides a huge lift for the troops having to travel long distances.

“Going overseas, you know you got a whole day difference so you get pretty tired and groggy so kind of pop that candy in to keep you going so you don’t miss your next flight,” said Major Sgt. Bill Edwards.

The USO said they accept donations of unopened bags of fun or mini-sized candy bars.

Volunteers are not able to accept loose for safety reasons.

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