Make a Gift Donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation this Holiday Season

Are you looking to do something truly meaningful this Christmas? Donating to Starlight Children’s Foundation on behalf of someone on your holiday gift list is a great way to start! Starlight seeks to help hospitalized kids by providing them with Starlight Brave gowns, many featuring their favorite Star Wars characters or superheroes. There’s no greater gift than making a child smile!

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Help Starlight Children’s Foundation Provide Starlight Brave Hospital Gowns to Kids in Need

With the holiday season upon us, the Starlight Children’s Foundation is asking for our help. The foundation provides Starlight Brave Gowns for kids facing hospitalization, and anyone who has been in a hospital for any length of time knows what a miserable experience it can be. If there was anything that could make the whole situation better, you’d jump on it. That’s where Starlight helps kids by providing these exceptionally comfortable gowns to those in need. They’ve even created Star Wars-themed gowns!

However, they are now facing a shortage of gowns, and that’s where you come in. Donations are needed to assist Starlight with their ongoing endeavors. Find out how you can help below:

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Join Rogue One’s Diego Luna in Supporting Mexico

Diego Luna (Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and actor/director Gael Garcia Bernal are asking for help in the wake of the tragic earthquakes that recently struck their home country of Mexico. Recovery efforts are ongoing and the need for aid and support is great. Anything you can do to help the people of Mexico in their time of need would be truly appreciated.

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How You Can Help Aid Puerto Rico

Friend of Coffee With Kenobi, and host of The Wookiee Gunner, Johnamarie Macias is seeking aid from those in the Star Wars community and beyond to help with the ongoing recovery efforts for her homeland of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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Donate to Starlight Children’s Foundation, Give a Kid a Star Wars-Themed Starlight Brave Gown!

Many participated in the Star Wars: Force for Change 40th Anniversary campaign with Omaze, and as a result a lot of hospitalized children benefitted from the generosity of Star Wars fans. If you weren’t able to help then, or if you’d like to help again, the Starlight Children’s Foundation has an opportunity for you to do just that.

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Entertainment Earth Donates $100k to Toys for Tots!

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If you’re a collector, odds are you’ve picked up an item or two (or more) from Entertainment Earth.  That’s why it’s so nice to share the following press release, just as the gift-giving season is about to kick into full gear.  After all, making kids happy is something we can all appreciate!

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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson Donate $25 Million to the University of Chicago

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Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, are donating $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to aid in the construction of an arts building. This is in addition to the $25 million donation they made last year to the charity program After School Matters – which was founded by late Chicago first lady, Maggie Daley.

The hall will named in honor of Gordon Parks. Parks was the first African-American photographer to work for Life Magazine, and he was the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood movie. He is best known for directing the 1971 film Shaft. He was also a novelist, a poet, and a composer.

Lucas and his wife issued these statements to the media:

“It was important to us that the University of Chicago campus have a building named for an African American, given the diverse community in which it sits, and the outstanding contributions to our society by people of color,” Hobson said.

And from Lucas: “We believe in the power of art to transform lives and communities. Gordon Parks’ work did just that.”

The fundraising campaign for the arts hall had hoped to raise $40 million, but this gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation helped to boost the total amount raised to $80 million.

The Laboratory Schools has an enrollment of 1,770 students, ranging from nursery school through 12th grade. The Gordon Parks Arts Hall will be a 3-story, 86,000 square foot facility that will feature a 700-seat auditorium, 250-seat theater, 150-seat drama studio, as well as four art studios. The construction cost is estimated at $43.7 million, and the plan is for the hall to open in 2015.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

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