True Treats Historic Candy® Announces Launch of the Grandmother’s Purse Project

Candy Store to Donate Percent of Profits to Four Different Charitable Segments – Welcomes Requests for Funding

Harpers Ferry, WV (February 15, 2017): True Treats Historic Candy announced they will launch the “Grandmother’s Purse Project,” giving up to 10% of their profits to charitable events. In addition, True Treats will continue to donate up to six gift baskets or other goods to organizations for raffles and silent auctions

Says True Treats founder Susan Benjamin, “We’ve been planning this project for several years and are delighted to begin. We called it ‘Grandmother’s Purse’ because, for generations, grandmothers have carried sour balls, Lifesavers and other sweets in their purses to give as treats to the children they loved. The spirit of this gesture is exactly what we have in mind.”

None of the organizations receiving these gifts will be religious or political in nature, and will focus on creating positive and productive change in the community. In addition, they must have tax exempt status.

The project will provide funding in four areas of concentration:

  • Scholarship donation to culinary school. This year’s donation is slated for Blue Ridge Community College in West Virginia to show the company’s appreciation for the state and, in particular, their home in Harpers Ferry.
  • Environmental/animal welfare. These organizations may focus on anything from animal care to environmental programs but cannot be used for lobbying efforts.
  • Military veterans and their families. The funding will target the area of greatest need at the time of the donation and will focus on individuals or families in the West Virginia panhandle and surrounding areas.

The forth area will be an open donation, the recipients to be determined by the friends and employees at True Treats Candy. The gifts will be given in June and December of each year.

True Treats Historic Candy® is based in Harpers Ferry, WV and owned by Susan Benjamin, a professional researcher, author, and expert on historic sweets. The company has been cited by the Food Network, delish.com, and Holliday Letting, the international arm of as one of the best candy stores in West Virginia and/or the nation. Founder Susan Benjamin also gives talks on historic candy at museums, historic societies and other places throughout the nation.

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