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The Sweetest Day In America

October 18, 2013

The candy holiday before the candy holiday, Sweetest Day will be celebrated this year on Saturday, Oct. 19. Often referred to as a fall Valentine’s Day or a pre-Halloween celebration, the Sweetest Day in America offers the opportunity for individuals in a community to perform gestures of kindness for one another. The day has been used in the past for those more fortunate to give back to their community.

Launched as a promotional event in the 1920s, Sweetest Day has been a long-celebrated holiday in the Great Lakes region, and has spread to become a beloved holiday throughout the United States. It originated from one person’s desire to do something nice for the orphans and displaced residents of Cleveland. During its first year, thousands of boxes of candy were given away in the Cleveland region. The holiday can be celebrated by providing ‘sweet’ acts of kindness for the community.

What Is The Sweetest Day All About?

Designated by the colors pink and red, many of those who choose to celebrate the Sweetest Day in America do so with their loved ones or significant other. It is a day to enjoy with the people you love and be thankful for the things you have. Many will choose to go out for a romantic dinner, while still others will simply volunteer at a local food shelter or other non-profit.

If you’re looking for ideas about how to celebrate, think of the Sweetest Day as a surprise Valentine’s Day. Get chocolates and flowers for your significant other and share candy and cards with the people you care about. What really differentiates this fall holiday from its more well-known cousin in the spring is the focus on giving back to the community. A nice date night of community giving is a popular idea for couples during each year’s Sweetest Day celebration.

The Sweetest Day is celebrated the third Saturday in October and usually arrives about a week and a half before Halloween. Taking advantage of the sale and bulk prices of Halloween candy that becomes available in October makes it easy for residents to purchase sweet treats for members of the community, their classmates or just coworkers in the office.

Do Something Sweet For Your Community

There are plenty of ways to do something ‘sweet’ to celebrate the Sweetest Day, including taking your sweetheart out to a nice restaurant or bringing candy into the office for your coworkers, but if you are serious about helping your community, start with a donation to Wheels For Wishes. Wheels For Wishes takes your car, boat, SUV, motorcycle or ATV and turns it into a wish for children with critical illnesses through Make-A-Wish. All of the net proceeds from each donation go toward making children’s wishes come true.

The process is quick, easy and hassle free – Wheels For Wishes will arrange to pick up your vehicle at no cost to you. Each donation is 100 percent tax deductible, and you can rest assured that your vehicle has made a significant difference in the life of a child. To donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, please call 1-855-278-9474 or fill out our easy online vehicle donation form. The Sweetest Day is a great day to give back to your community. Consider helping to grant the wishes of children this Saturday while you celebrate the Sweetest Day in America with your loved ones.

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