Sweets4Troops in the Press

Sweets4Troops – Making the Holidays Sweeter for our Troops

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 and support with our military members.

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 worldwide. 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.

This year the DeKalb American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting and promoting the “Sweets4Troops” program. Co-Chairs Sarah Newby and Georgia Stanley welcome any donations. In addition to collecting treats and candy, any thank-you notes to the troops will be accepted.

In 2014, DeKalb businessman 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.

NOTE: The Ferrero Group (DeKalb Location), an industry leader in U.S. confections and one of the fastest-growing confections companies in the world, donated ten (10) cases of candy this week to the “Sweets4Troops” project. Thank You to Georgia Stanley for making this happen.

For more information please contact:
Sarah Newby, at 815-751-2424 or email:
Georgia Stanley, at 815-751-1805 or email:
Michael Embrey, at 815-761-1263 or email:

If you or your company/organization 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
* Sycamore Fire Department, 535 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore
* DeKalb Amerian Legion Post, 1204 S. 4th St. DeKalb
* Le Print Express, 1950 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore
* County Liquors, 625 E State St in Sycamore
* FunME Events Office, 650 Peace Road-Suite F, DeKalb
* Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, 113 North Geona Street in Geona

NOTE:: Hours vary – Thank You

NOTE: Donations are accepted from November 1 through November 15. 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.