This is now my 501st blog post. I’ve written diligently everyday now since I started this hobby. I often write about my children, my past, comic conventions, and movies. My favorite movie franchise is Star Wars. It has had a profound impact on my life. But instead of writing again about my love of Star Wars, I wanted to thank those who use their passion for the Force and do good deeds.
Of course I’m talking about The 501st Legion. It started with a small group of Star Wars fans back in 1997. Then in 2007, George Lucas granted the Legion a limited use of the copyrighted Star Wars characters provided the members of the 501st promised never to use their costumes for personal profit and that they represent the franchise in a positive and respectful manner.
Originally just having screen accurate Storm Trooper costumes, they now sport a variety of costumes from many of the Star Wars films, comics, and cartoons. Branching out from the original group in California- the group has since grown in numbers and factions. There are groups worldwide in various countries.
At the numerous Comic Cons I have gone to up and down the West Coast- there is always a 501st Legion in attendance. Taking photos for donations, sometimes for the “Make A Wish” foundation, oher times for “The Children’s Hospital”. Nearly every time we see them, I make a donation for my children to have a photo taken.
The 501st is the only organization that I have been wanting to join. Giving more than just money, I’d love to give some of my time. Especially when it comes to children. I have always been a huge supporter of making children happy and keeping the magic alive as long as possible. From the parades I would volunteer at with the movie theater to my years of working at Chuck E. Cheese’s, to the support of my own children- joining the 501 is something I feel I should do.
To the many volunteers and fans from the 501st- thank you for all you do and have done. Bad guys doing good. I know that many children, and other fans, have loved everything you have done for the communities you live in.