Who are you wearing?? Wear Share Star Wars Day 2015

Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day December 4 2015

Stand up against bullying, support others and give back to charity while rocking your favourite Star Wars Fashion.

I look so forward to this day every year! Now in its 6th year it has become a new family Christmas tradition that we have combined with an older family tradition the Kmart Wishing Tree.

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My husband and I donate toys to the less fortunate every year, even Santa needs help this time of year.

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Heres how you can help and get involved in Wear Share Star Wars Day:

On Friday, December 4, 2015, we invite you to celebrate the 6th annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, an affirmation of geek pride and a stance against bullying!

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There are three ways to celebrate this amazing day, which has garnered international attention.

1. Wear something Star Wars related.
2. Donate a Star Wars toy to a child in need (but please put a post-it note on the new, unwrapped toy specifying that it can go to a girl or a boy; otherwise, these traditional “boy toys” will be given only to boys). You can bring the toy to a hospital, a shelter, or drop it off with any charitable organization collecting toys.
3. Post pictures of yourself in your Star Wars clothing on this event page on Dec 4th. Share using the hashtag #WearStarWars2015 and invite your friends to join!

This amazing event originated in November of 2010, when the international community of Star Wars fans rallied to support my first grade daughter, Katie Goldman, who was being taunted by the kids at school because she was a girl who loved Star Wars.
Aided by the speed and ease of social media, Star Wars fans sent little Katie’s story zipping around the globe. Your voices have been passionate and compassionate, and we have heard from thousands of you. We were the first ones to adopt our Katie, but now we like to say that she has also been adopted by the Geeks and the Nerds of the world.

Members of the 501st Legion even banded together to build Katie a custom set of Stormtrooper armor in 2012. Two years later, Katie gave her one-of-a-kind armor to a girl named Allison, who was being bullied at school, and in the summer of 2015, Allison passed the armor forward yet again to a little bullied girl named Layla. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Armor is testimony to the goodness inherent in people, especially Star Wars fans.

Every December, on a Friday, we now hold Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars day, which serves as a chance to wear your favorite Star Wars clothes AND donate a new unwrapped Star Wars toy to a child in need. But this year is going to be even more amazing than usual – because the event falls exactly two weeks before The Force Awakens comes out!

It will take place on Friday, December 4th, and we believe that it will be a Force Friday to reckon with! As you are out doing your holiday shopping and purchasing new Force Awakens toys, go ahead and buy just one more toy to donate. What a fantastic way to prepare for the excitement of Episode 7!

We would love for Target, Wal-Mart, Disney, and other major toy retailers to participate. Target, in particular, made news this year for taking away gender labeling on toys, a critical step towards reducing bullying. My dream is for toy stores to offer a discount on Star Wars toys that customers can purchase and immediately donate in honor of Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day. The stores could have bins near the registers so that the clerks could ring up these toys and drop them directly in the bins. The toys would then be divided so that 50% go to girls and 50% go to boys. Since the event takes place on December 4th, that gives plenty of time for the toys to be distributed in time for the holidays.

Thank you for celebrating ALL Star Wars fans! May the Force Be With You!

School Programming Ideas:
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Learn more about Katie’s inspiring story in the award-winning book Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear. Check out our new children’s book about Star Wars-loving adoptee Jazzy Armstrong in Jazzy’s Quest: Adopted and Amazing.

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