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“The Kessel Toy Run” is back! Star Wars fans we need your help this year. Donate unopened Star Wars toys for hospitalized children!

Star Wars fans! It is that time of year. Last year, The Kessel Toy Run gathered nearly a thousand Star Wars toys for hospitalized children and their siblings. The toys were delivered to the hospitalized children by costumed Star Wars heroes thanks to The Saber Guild Temple Prime! The children’s spirits were lifted, the siblings and the children bonded over Star Wars and us fans made a difficult situation into a beautiful moment for those families.

This year The Kessel Toy Run is back and it is an opportunity to share our love of Star Wars and do something really special for some little fans that could use our help so lets do it again! Unopened Star Wars toys will be given to children in the age range of 1-12 years old.

This year we hope to raise even more than last year. We realize all of our Star Wars friends and donators come from various walks of life and some of us have a lot, and some of us, not so much. Every kid loves a really rad Star Wars toy, however, some kids could just use a Star Wars coloring book or a Star Wars children’s book to help them escape into their imaginations for a little bit of Star Wars fun. In this situation, no Star Wars toy is too big or too small. Do what you can even if its just helping us spread the word!

I hope all the voices in the Star Wars community will help us push this endeavor forward because this means more than most things we do every day in our fandom. Please share the images of these fliers below on your social media, on the work/office bulletin board, and with your friends and family:

"The Kessel Toy Run" is back! Star Wars fans we need your help this year. Donate unopened Star Wars toys for hospitalized children!
"The Kessel Toy Run" is back! Star Wars fans we need your help this year. Donate unopened Star Wars toys for hospitalized children!

Brandon Manriquez
P.O. Box 7232
Long Beach, CA. 90807

We started The Kessel Toy Run when one of my oldest buddies, Brandon wanted to do something Star Wars related for the hospitalized children he takes care of as an Pediatrics Emergency Room RN. Brandon is a real life Jedi for doing the job he does. In the past, MSW raised large amounts of money by teaming up with ticket retailers to sell tickets to Star Wars films where a percentage was then donated on our behalf. However, the retailers got a bit tighter with the proceeds every year and we were left wanting to do something good with our love of Star Wars. Brandon and I discussed it and decided to merge our efforts into what became last year’s first The Kessel Toy Run. Like Han Solo, it allows us selfish people to turn the ship around, save the day, and use that heart of gold we all have underneath. 

Then out of nowhere, like Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi coming into the rebel briefing room, Sal Perales was like ‘General, count me in.” We now had the endorsement of The Rogue Rebels and Saber Guild Temple Prime. That meant the kids would get to meet their Star Wars heroes, have a Star Wars holiday season, and have fun like kids are supposed to do. Sal and his family are always getting up at 5am to put on their Star Wars costumes and visit hospitals and orphanages. We’re proud of the work they do with Saber Guild Temple Prime and we’re lucky to have their help on this endeavor!

The podcasting community really came forward last year too and we hope all Star Wars podcasts will team up with the MSW Podcast Network like Blue Harvest, Steele Wars, Rebel Grrrl, and Rogue Won! Hawes from Blue Harvest even did a Holiday Special on BandCamp.com and used the proceeds from that to get even more toys for the kids! You can still get the one from last year to help with the event this year!

Our friends at Starlight.org also donated a lot of Star Wars themed hospital gowns for the kids last year too! Those little things make such a big impact on the kids and they love wearing something fun. While the Kessel Toy Run is once a year, you can donate to Starlight all year round! 

We love bringing you Star Wars news. There are days when we’re writing and talking about Star Wars and there’s people that need help and you question the validity of it. Being able to do an event like this once a year adds purpose to everything we do throughout the year so we thank you for your help, your support, and your contributions to The Kessel Toy Run II! 

Also there will be some surprises and cool offerings for contributors to be announced soon! Donating sooner than later will help your chances!

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