WELLESLEY, Mass., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "Some kids have a hard time understanding the value of a nickel or dime. Now, if you ask your child the value of a Twizzler or a candy bar, their eyes may light up as if they uncovered a pot of gold, says Founder Kathleen VanDernoot." "The B Fund believes a child's candy is gold and feels this activity is a simple way to empower kids that giving up a few pieces of their candy will shine a light on families in need."
WHAT: Over 3,500 participants donated an estimated 65,298 pieces of Halloween Candy as they participated in The B Fund's 4th Annual Halloween Candy Drive, a week long initiative inviting children and families to imagine what the difference one small piece of candy can make in the lives of those in need.
WHEN: From November 1st – 7th 2016 Trick or Treaters were enlightened that their beloved candy was not only delicious, it also had the ability to make a difference as The B Fund contributed $.25 to Boston Children's Hospital for each piece of candy kids donated from their personal stash.*
WHY: To spark conversation and engage with children and the community about the value in giving up only a few pieces of their coveted Halloween Candy. In the process, The B Fund's goal is to inspire others to join their growing group of aware and compassionate individuals who understand that giving of their "treasures" will, in turn, 1) raise awareness of a group in need of support; 2) Literally provide financial support to this group.
WHERE: Drop off locations were found at the following businesses and schools:
Wellesley Toy Shop: Wellesley, MA.
BTone Fitness: Wellesley & Sudbury, MA.
Gretta Luxe: Wellesley, MA.
Bach To Rock: Wellelsey, MA.
d50 Media: Chestnut Hill, MA.
The Cottage: Wellesley, MA.
The following shops at The Street: Chestnut Hill, MA
Calypso St. Barth's
Ku De Ta
Polarn O. Pyret
Tenacre Country Day School: Wellesley, MA.
Lincoln-Hancock School: Quincy, MA.
Potter Road Elementary School: Framingham, MA.
Country Elementary School: Weston, MA.
Woodland Elementary School: Weston, MA.
Weston Windows: Weston, MA.
Field School: Weston, MA.
Hunnewell Elementary School: Wellesley, MA.
Upham Elementary School: Wellesley, MA.
WHAT'S NEXT: Once collected, participating schools and families inspired children to use their own TIME and TALENTS to inspect and sort the donated TREASURES (candy) into two groups: with nuts and one without. From there, bags containing 20 pieces of candy are created for staff members and families caring for critically ill children at Boston Children's Hospital. Each bag is personalized with a handwritten note of encouragement, well wishes and/or a simple thank you for all their hard work. To date, 2,301 bags (and counting) have been created and will be delivered by December 15th.
"The candy drive was not only a meaningful way to support Boston Children's Hospital, but it also brought inspiration, motivation and a sense of pride to all who donated their candy to make a difference in the lives of those in need, states Rebecca Skoler, age 12."
*Donation up to $10, 000
FAST FACT: In just four short years, The B Fund's Halloween Candy Drive has raised $41,500 and has inspired over 7000 children to make a difference in the lives of families caring for critically ill children.
About The B Fund
The B Fund's mission is to educate and empower participants to use their time, talents and treasures to raise awareness and funds for families caring for critically ill children. Using its unique curriculum, The B Fund's programs are designed to highlight the impact of single and collective acts of kindness. Activities are designed to grow a culture of caring, while providing meaningful experiences for children and their families. All proceeds are donated locally, to provide financial and emotional support for families caring for critically ill children.
Learn more: www.thebfund.org
SOURCE The B Fund