Our first focus of the week will be Toys for Tots, which is the official charity for the United States Marine Corps and Marine Reserve. The mission of this long-standing organization is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season. By providing less fortunate children with a shiny, new toy, Toys for Tots delivers a message of hope that will help them become responsible, productive, and caring citizens. Since its founding in 1947, the program has collected over 494 million toys, fulfilling the holiday dreams of over 230 million children. It has been supported by numerous celebrities, including First Lady Michelle Obama, and national corporate partners/sponsors include Hasbro, Toys “R” Us, Babies R Us, Build-A-Bear, The UPS Store, The Disney Company, and Macy’s.
As a thank you gift for those individuals donating $10.00 to Toys for Tots this year, J.C. Lee will provide a digital version of her book, It’s All About Love – The Lee Family, which is a family photo album featuring never-before-seen personal photographs. Readers interested in donating to Toys for Tots' online campaign may do so through the official website.
For our second focus this week, I want to highlight the Geek Girls Society. The organization was launched earlier this year by Portlyn Polston and AutumnRain Glading who own and operate Brave New World Comics, an Eisner Award-winning comic book store in Newhall, CA. Eager to provide girls age 8-16 with a place to embrace their geekiness, learn respect for themselves and others, and maneuver the murky waters of growing up online, Polston and Glading founded the Geek Girls Society, which now boasts record enrollment, educating girls through group projects, field trips, panel discussions with industry professionals, and more.
With the goal of bringing the Geek Girls Society to cities across the US at little to no cost for the girls involved, Polston and Glading must first establish their non-profit status. In order to do so, the founders have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the necessary funds to pay the legal fees involved in starting a new, member-based non-profit. Any funds collected above the legal costs will be used to purchase materials, supplies, books, and badges, or to fund field trips. A wish list will also be available for those who would like to sponsor a membership for girls who cannot afford the $30 a month and one-time $35 registration fee that is currently charged to cover the costs for their custom badges, ties, snacks, and craft materials. Be sure to visit the fundraising page or the official Geek Girls Society website for more information on how you can get involved.
I hope that you'll join me in lending a hand to these wonderful organizations!
If you have a volunteer opportunity or an important cause that could use the assistance of a few geeks, please email the details to barbra (at) fanboycomics.net.