Southern Parenting Tale: P-P-P-Popcorn Fundraiser that Can Send Gifts to our Troops

You know the saying. It's hard to resist a man in the uniform.That's why our family will be eating lots of popcorn this year. 

But, that's not so bad. 

  • Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup; oil-popped popcorn has only 55 calories per cup.
  • When lightly buttered, popcorn contains about 133 calories per cup.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain, making it a good-for-you food.
  • Popcorn provides energy-producing complex carbohydrates
  • Popcorn contains fiber, providing roughage the body needs in the daily diet.
  • Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories.
  • Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives, and is sugar-free.
  • Popcorn is ideal for between meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn't spoil the appetite.
  • 3 cups of popcorn equal one serving from the grain group.
  • Popcorn is ideal for between meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn't spoil an appetite.

My 7-year-old is a Wolf Cub Scout, and this is his first year conducting popcorn sales for Pack 222 in North Carolina. It's the only fundraiser his pack does yearly, and it funds most everything the pack does. 

I wanted to share this news with you not because I want you to buy popcorn, but because we are proud that he is taking an initiative to raise funds for the pack troop. We feel it is a shining moment in leadership, and I wanted to share that milestone with you. 

The popcorn, of course, is priced as a fundraiser. Popcorn is cheaper in the grocery store, but what I do like about this year's fundraiser is that you can also choose to donate a gift of popcorn to our military troops, their families, and veteran's organization.

If you would like to send something special to the troops, or order some early Christmas gifts, my son has set up a special sales website to make it easy for you to do that.  I wanted to pass that information along today. 

Military donations are offered online at two levels - $35 silver level donation and $55 gold level donation - to consumers across the country. When you  purchase this option, Trail's End will send a variety of popcorn treats to veterans' organizations, U.S. troops, and their families.
Trail's End ships popcorn to veterans' organizations, U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, all other U.S. Military Bases overseas, domestic U.S. Military Bases, and families of U.S. servicemen and women.

Sales close on October 15, 2013 for anyone who is interested in buying popcorn or sending popcorn to the military.  You may start that process at this link:

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