Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve come to talk to you about something very important today – something NOT related to comics. This time of year is very important for remembering many of those who are less fortunate than me and you.
First, I want to repeat a point I made last year. This week is the American holiday known as Thanksgiving. Many of us will be sitting down to gigantic dinners and tables loaded with all kinds of goodies like turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and so on. But there are many people out there in the USA – in fact, the world – who will have little or nothing to eat.
Some of you may remember that last year, I made a post about how important it is to help out your local food pantry. Consult that post for more details. In a nutshell, give donations of food and/or money to your local food pantry(ies). You’ll be doing some starving people a favor.
Now onto the main focus of this post. After Thanksgiving, we’ll have a very big holiday known as Christmas. Some of you will be dreaming of getting your hands on fancy electronic equipment or the latest fashions. Some of you will be hitting the stores to take advantage of big sales, especially Black Friday. But like with food, there will be a lot of children out there who won’t be getting any toys this year – and it’s not because they’re naughty. It’s because their families can’t afford to get them anything. So what can you do?
In case some of you haven’t noticed, I happen to be a fan of the 2010 animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. That photo you see was taken at Anthrocon 2011 of some VERY enthusiastic fans who went as far as to build fursuits of Applejack and Rainbow Dash.
Anyway, I found out about a special effort of the adult My Little Pony fans (known colloquially as “Bronies”) to help out those unfortunate children who can’t afford any toys this year.
The Bronies have organized a special toy drive with the rubric of “Operation Winter Wrap Up”. Taking its name from a seasonal event in an episode of My Little Pony, Operation Winter Wrap Up is a toy drive organized by Bronies for Good. Check out the website for more details to see how you can get toys and give them to a charity that will distribute them to needy children.
Spread the word about Operation Winter Wrap Up! And remember…there are those out there who are much less fortunate than you.
Let’s help make this a big success. Here’s to Operation Winter Wrap Up!