Your extra Halloween candy can help people in need in the DTES


Halloween is over, and for many, it’s time to think about Christmas. But first we’ve got to deal with all that Halloween candy.

You might hit fun size burn out sooner than later, or have kids who are already way too sugared up, or treats you just aren’t going to eat.

Before relegating those treats to the back of the cupboard, if you want to have your candy go to a good cause, there is a great opportunity to help.

Halloween Candy trick or treating
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The Salvation Army’s Vancouver Harbour Light is a branch of the charitable organization that focuses on helping individuals in need who live in the city’s Downtown Eastside.

Through their food, detox, and sheltering programs, the group works directly with people in need in the community. What you may not realize is that those mini chocolate bars go a long way to brightening up the Christmas season for many folks that the Harbour Light group works with.

They’re asking that anyone wishing to pass their extra or unwanted mini chocolate bars on to consider donating them for use this holiday season in “treat bags” they put together for guests at their community meals, and shelter, detox, addiction treatment, and halfway house clients.

It’s pretty easy to hand the goodies over. You can drop off anytime at 119 East Cordova Street, just make sure your package is addressed “Attention: Marianne.”

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom