A few months back (I think it was May), I remember looking through the Star Wars Insider and seeing my friends at MakingStarWars.net quoted.
No, Jason Ward wasn’t speaking about his latest scoop (though we’re always looking to his site for the latest in Star Wars and Galaxy’s Edge news).
This time, MSW Editor in Chief Jason Ward was speaking about “The Kessel Toy Run.”
Working with his friend Brandon, an ER nurse at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California, they concocted a brilliantly simple plan to fill patients’ room with holiday cheer.
“We discussed how, when a sibling is ill, the other siblings are suffering, too,” said Jason to Star Wars Insider. “We decided to collect the toys for the children and their siblings so that they could have a fun day and have Star Wars to share, together.”
The Force — and lots of fans of the Making Star Wars Podcast Network — provided; 800 toys to be exact, delivered by Sal Perales (you’ve seen his family dressed up as the characters from Star Wars Rebels) and the costumed members of Saber Guild: Temple Prime.
This year, MSW and friends are making the run again — meanwhile expanding its scope — and you can help:
Others are lining up to help, too. Last night, Jason and Co. tweeted:
“This year we hope to raise even more than last year,” wrote Ward in his post about this year’s toy drive. “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.
Ward added, “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 reached out to my good friend Jason and asked if there were anything to add about this beautiful event, which was noticed by the official Star Wars publication.
“Fandom is really fun and really great. But in someways it’s a can be very personal, almost selfish,” explained Ward. “The Kessel Toy Run allows us to focus that enthusiasm our community has for Star Wars, and this part of the Disney fandom, and really brighten the day for hospitalized child and and their family as they receive holiday gifts from beloved Star Wars characters!”
Not much more be said, but when you donate to The Kessel Toy Run this year, tell them DSNY Newscast sent you their way!