My #WearStarWarsEveryDay fundraising campaign has surged into December, and has plenty of cool looks in the lead up to the opening of Rogue One. Since I was so busy with preparing for my local Rogue One premiere event, I wasn’t able to assemble a review for Week 49 last week, so now you get a Death Star-sized video covering both Weeks 49 and 50. Also, we really could use your help to get us to a nice big number for the end of the project at the end of the year.
When I started Wear Star Wars Every Day and selected Collateral Repair Project as the charity I wanted to raise funds and awareness for, I had no idea how long the project would end up going or how much money I would be raising for Collateral Repair Project’s work in helping urban refugees in Amman, Jordan with emergency assistance for food and heating, education and wellness programs, and community building. And now after nearly a year, I’m hoping to top $5,000 in funds raised – and we’re almost there! As of 12/20, we are at almost $4,300 with 11 days left in 2016 ($3,180 on GoFundMe, $1,167 from offline donations). Can you help in pushing us over the $5,000 mark? You can quickly donate via the GoFundMe, or contribute via other methods to Collateral Repair Project directly.
I had originally set a very ambitious goal of $10,000 when I began this fundraiser, and would love to reach that goal, but I think that it would be awesome to finish strong at $5,000 or even higher. So if you’ve been on the fence or just had it on your to-do list but haven’t gotten around to it yet, now’s the time to make that tax-deductible contribution. *Cue Sarah McLachlan sad music* $20 is enough to provide a mattress to a refugee, while $50 is enough to provide a family of four refugees with food for a month. And I got a whole pile of cool prizes to reward those who donate from 12/21 to 12/31, including the leftover prizes from the November prize drawing and more!
In the two weeks from December 2 to December 15, we had nothing but t-shirts, including a lot of unique designs. Thanks to Ian for donating several BustedTees.com shirts, and to Danielle and Stuart for lending some cool Star Wars wear. Plus I show off my custom shirts for my prequel movie premiere events as we head into the launch of Rogue One, with a shirt made just for the event. There’s a cool Disneyland shirt, and some treats from San Diego Comic-Con, and even a custom-printed Star Wars Customizable Card Game shirt of everyone’s favorite frog-dog, Bubo.
And big thanks to our donors in this time period: Susan, Christine, Kristen, and Jennifer. All four of them made some solid contributions to boost our fundraising total to over $4,000 (roughly $2,900 on the GoFundMe and $1,100 in offline or direct donations).
Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 49 and Week 50 covers December 2 to December 15 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for and the latest happenings at Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.
Plus, there’s soon going to be a way to help support Collateral Repair Project beyond 2016 – Soon, I’ll be putting up donated apparel on ebay with proceeds going directly to CRP. So this might be your chance to get your hands on some of the really rare threads I’ve worn that were donated to the project, including that sweet BB-8 lighter thumbs-up ladies tee from Star Wars Celebration Europe that I hinted that you could get your hands on, way back in August. I had hoped that I would have been able to start these auctions before the holiday season, but we’re still waiting for ebay to add Collateral Repair Project to their list of charity auction partners. Stay tuned!