Monday, October 29, 2007

Children with Diabetes and Halloween

So our first Halloween with this disease is approaching. Isabelle started getting really excited about Halloween last year so this year she has been counting down the days. I don't know if it really is the candy or just being out after dark with Mom and Dad all dressed up in a costume, but she is excited.

All of that candy gives us another problem. How do I get rid of all of that candy without huge fits and without adding another 5 or 10 lbs to my butt and hips? Thomas can only take so much candy to the office. I was surfing around in the d-world and I found the d-bloggers on d-life. I found a link to a newspaper article about a department store in Pennsylvania (I think) that takes candy from children with diabetes and gives them a free toy in exchange. How cool is that!!!!!

Now I ask you...why can't every department store in this wonderful land of ours do this? How much money can it really cost them? I can only imagine the good press they would get out of this. Does anyone who reads this blog know of any other places that do this? I am working on writing Toys-R-Us, K-Bee Toys, Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart about starting this kind of campaign. Even if it is only a $5.00 toy wouldn't that be great? I haven't had any time to research this on the web to see if there are more programs out there, but I hope to get that done in the next few days. Maybe next Halloween will be different for a lot of boys and girls with d.


sonal said...

in india diwali is a festival that tempts one with loads of sweets. i'm sure it's quite a tough one to deal with for diabetics.

Anyway, I needed your feedback and suggestions on a not-for-profit website we've just launched. it's for diabetic kids and their parents. chidia in india means 'little bird'
do tell us how we can make it more useful. would be nice if you could write to me at thank you so much.

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Angela said...

I can so relate to this. I don't have any halloween candy, but the kids got some at christmas. How do you tell someone thanks - but we can't accept that?
Although my youngest isn't diabetic, I treat them the same - so no candy for either child.

Heidi Rogers said...

MY daughter has had diabetes for now 4 years and every year I let her pick ten pieces of her fav.. then we take the rest to the local hospitals and let the sick kids that are there and can't go trick or treating get a treat. I know that here in Utah some of the dentist offices will buy your candy/give you a toy too. Maybe check with your local dentists and see if they can help!! I really like your blog, thanks !!