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American Legion, VFW send candy to the troops
candy for troops
Army Sgt. Stan Arnett (far left) looks on while American Legion member John Haggstrom unpacks boxes of donated See’s Candy with Abby Haggstrom and Alyssa Lopez. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

U.S. troops around the world will soon be receiving a sweet treat from Turlock.

Over 100 boxes were filled with lollipops, licorice and hard candy of every flavor on Saturday at the Turlock American Legion Hall. The candy — donated by See’s Candy — was sent to Army Sgt. Stan Arnett at Camp Parks in Livermore.  Arnett then looked for a group or groups who would be able to pack and send the candy to the troops. The Turlock native didn’t have to look too far.

Turlock American Legion Post 88, Legion Riders 88 and Sons of Legionnaires 88 partnered with Turlock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5059 and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 5059 to supply the manpower and funds to pack and send the sweet treats to the troops.

“This is the second time this year we are sending the troops candy,” said American Legion Post 88 Commander Bob Russell. “Last time See’s Candy donated chocolate boxes when it was still cold enough not to melt.”

While the American Legion and VFW volunteers were not looking for acknowledgement for the time and money spent on sending the boxes of chocolates to the troops, they were pleasantly surprised to receive a special thank you from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan — a flag that was flown over the base.

“It’s nice to every now and then get a response from the field,” said Arnett.

Later this fall, the American Legion and VFW posts are planning a special ceremony to receive the Bagram Air Base flag.

On Saturday, the Legion Hall was bustling with activity. Along with the candy, hunting magazines and notes of appreciation from the American Legion and VFW posts were also packed into the 100 boxes. When all packed, the boxes will be sent to Military Intelligence Readiness Command supply sergeants to be distributed to service men and women, said Arnett.

To contact Kristina Hacker, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2004.