Some 2,500 pounds of candy is headed to troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude, thanks to a local buyback program.
Nine schools participated, and Harvest Park Middle School topped the list, with 495 pounds collected. Alisal Elementary collected 380 pounds and Donlon Elementary brought in 350 pounds. That's 600 pounds more than was collected last year and enough to fill 7,500 care packages for servicemen and women.
The candy -- along with 178 letters to the troops -- will be sent to Southern California, and then forwarded overseas, with Tri-Valley Trade Shows providing free shipping.
Scouting for food
One of the nation's largest single-day food drives will take place tomorrow when Boy Scouts will go door-to-door collecting nonperishable food items for local food banks.
In the Bay Area, more than 30,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their families will be picking up boxed or bagged nonperishable food items placed on doorsteps by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
The San Francisco Bay Area Council's goal is to collect 160,000 pounds of food this year. Scout troops are also hosting virtual food drives to help raise money for food banks. Residents who aren't contacted by scouts can find a drop-off location at www.BayAreaHunger.org.
If you were a soccer player in high school, it's time to sign up for the 11th annual Ryan Gordon Foothill-Amador Alumni Soccer Games.
There will be two games featuring men's and women's soccer players from the 1970s to the 2000s.
The games benefit the soccer programs at Foothill and Amador High Schools. All gate receipts and snack bar proceeds will go directly to the programs to help pay for uniforms, equipment and travel.
More information for ex-players is available at All-Star Sports, and alumni can also register by downloading an application at the AVHS website and sending it to Curt Gordon, 205 Heritage Lane, Pleasanton, Ca. 94566. There is a $20 fee to play.