Sweets4Troops in the Press

Sweets4Troops – Making Deployment a Little Sweeter

DeKalb (IL): Halloween is a special time of year for kids (young and old) to have fun and go trick or treating. But there are few Treats and too many Tricks for our U.S. Military members serving overseas. Almost every year there seems to be more candy leftover and parents and kids seem willing to share to support our military members. Donations are accepted from November 1 through November 18.

In 2014, local DeKalb businessman and Veteran Michael Embrey started the first “Sweets4Troops” program and collected over 250 pounds of candy. For the last couple of years, Sweets4Troops has collected over 3,000 pounds of treats for military support groups.

Again this year, Sweets4Troops will be collecting any leftover and unwanted candy. These sweets and treats will be sent as a part of Holiday Packages for Military personnel serving at various locations throughout the world. Local agencies will forward these treats to military member units serving overseas and select domestic locations through our Veteran partnerships. In addition to treats, we are seeking groups, schools, or organizations that would like to send thank-you notes to military members for serving and protecting our country.

Starting in 2021, the Sweets4Troops program will have a new contact and leadership. Patrick Boyce, SAL Commander will be chairing the project. The Sons of the American Legion is a division of the DeKalb American Legion Post 66. Those interested in donating candy or financial donations can contact Mr. Boyce at:

Calling the DeKalb Legion: 815-756-4551.

If individuals, organizations, or companies have any leftover candy after Halloween (and trying to stay on that Diet), please bring any unwanted and surplus candy and treats to one of the following drop-off locations:

* DeKalb Fire Department, 7th Street (700 Pine Street) in DeKalb, IL
* Sycamore Fire Department, 535 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore, IL
* Le Print Express, 1950 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore, IL
* Aspen Chiropractor, 630 Peace Rd. in DeKalb, IL
* County Liquors, 625 E State St in Sycamore, IL
* American Legion Hall 1204 So. 4th Street in DeKalb, IL
* Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, 113 North Geona Street in Geona, IL (NEW)

NOTE: Donations are accepted from November 1 through November 18. ‘Social Distancing’ and ‘masks’ are required at drop-off points. Thank you one and all for supporting our troops

NOTE: Michael Embrey is a former USAF military veteran and is involved in various veteran support programs and organizations. He is CEO/EAD of DeKalb (IL) based FunME Events and Broadway To You. See web site for additional information.