So Cal children give up Halloween candy to support U.S. troops and veterans

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Pechanga has donated 22 pounds of Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude in 2019. Each child who brought in a bucket, bag or pillowcase full of candy to Journey at Pechanga at Pechanga Resort Casino between Halloween and Nov. 17 received a free golf lesson valued at $40. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Twenty-two pounds of fun-size candy bars, lollipops, chocolates and other sweet Halloween treats will soon be sent to U.S. troops overseas and military veterans thanks to children in southern California.

Each child who brought in a bucket, bag or pillowcase full of candy to Journey at Pechanga at Pechanga Resort Casino between Halloween and Nov. 17 received a free golf lesson valued at $40. The candy donations were sent to Operation Gratitude which makes and sends care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas and at bases around the country.

Now in its fourth year, the annual Candy for Golf program was started by Randy Chang , PGA coach and director of instruction at Journey at Pechanga, in an effort to teach children the importance of Veterans Day, how to live a healthy lifestyle and how to share with others. Children received time outdoors and introduction to a sport they may want to continue while their parents gained the satisfaction of not having pounds of sweets hanging around the house for months following Halloween.

More than 147 pounds of candy to date have been collected at Journey at Pechanga and shared with service men and women through Operation Gratitude.

Journey at Pechanga offers several children’s golf programs through the onsite Tiny Tees and Journey Golf Academy. Instructors teach golfers of all ages and skill levels.

For more information, visit www.Pechanga.com/indulge/journey. To reach the Journey at Pechanga Pro Shop, call (951) 770-8210.

Submitted by Pechanga Resort Casino.