KNOXVILLE - There is a way this year to avoid the temptation of leftover Halloween candy.
The Tomato Head is teaming up with the Ronald McDonald House to host a candy drive. All candy collected will go to the families staying in the Ronald McDonald house while their children are treated for serious illness and injury in local hospitals.
Sue Beverly, director of the Ronald McDonald House off Clinch Avenue, said having the extra candy on-site for families who come through the door has a significant impact.
"Usually the first thing they do is kind of gravitate towards the kitchen to see if anything's on the stove or there's anything to nibble," she said. "I think when you're nervous and upset, you nibble and they nibble a lot so to have candy...oh my gosh! Who doesn't love that?"
Beverly said even if people ran out of candy on Halloween, there are plenty of other ways to help the house.
"We can house up to 65 people a night so we need everything you need at your house...so trust me, I get just as excited with a two-pack of bounty paper towels as I do about the $5 check because we need it all."
She said the house needs cleaning supplies, food, yard servicing and the time of those who volunteer.
The candy drive operates during The Tomato Head's hours of operation from Nov. 1-13. Candy can be dropped off at both locations:
Market Square at 12 Market Square, Knoxville, TN and The Gallery Shopping Center at 7240 Kingston Pike, Suit 172, Knoxville, TN 37919.
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