The QuakerJack Foundation teamed up with Operation Gratitude, encouraging the public to donate leftover Halloween candy to the troops.

For a sixth consecutive year, Bethpage Ballpark will serve as a collection point for extra Halloween candy that Long Island Ducks fans wish to donate to troops.

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Candy will be collected and mailed to Operation Gratitude by the QuakerJack Foundation, to be used in care packages sent to troops fighting overseas. Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000-plus care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas.

If you're donating, please separate the candy to distinguish chocolate and non-chocolate items. In addition to Halloween candy, donations of dental hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, mouthwash (travel-size) and sealed lip balm are also welcome.

Donations will be accepted at the Bethpage Ballpark executive offices during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through Friday, Nov. 6.

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