'Star Wars': Donate toys and support geek girls (and boys)

Katie.jpgDecember 16th is "Wear Star Wars, Share Star War" day. Donate a sci-fi toy to a local charity and wear a "Star Wars" shirt (or any other geeky shirt) to let your geek flag fly. The kicker? Make sure that toy is labeled "for a boy OR a girl."

This cause is something very near and dear to my heart. I was a little geek girl once. Now, I was never teased about this, but I was lucky. About a year ago, I was sent an article written in Chicago Now about a little girl named Katie who was teased for carrying around a "Star Wars" water bottle ... because she's a girl. The response to that article was so insane and wonderful that I contacted her mom and asked for an interview.

What I found out was that the sci-fi community is one of the most supportive out there. I spoke to Carrie Goldman and her adorable daughter Katie, who told me that they'd been sent a ton of "Star Wars" toys and messages of support. Carrie said that they were fine as far as toys, but that she'd love to start a charity where geeks across the globe could focus their energy. She came up with "Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars."

One of the things we was how toys were split between those "appropriate" for boys and girls. Sci-fi toys usually end up in the "boy" pile. Now, speaking as a girl who had every "Star Wars" action figure the day they came out, I appreciate how much community support for young geek girls means. Though I wasn't teased, I was told that I should really only be playing with Princess Leia. Well, I wanted to play with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo and Boba Fett. (My current Facebook avatar has me gazing at a Boba Fett helmet. Nothing has changed.) It would have meant a lot to know I wasn't alone out there.

So, please take part in "Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars" day. Donate a toy to your favorite charity, mark it unisex, break out your Darth Vader shirt and tell your friends. If you want to learn more about Katie, check out my original article on Huffington Post. Here is a link to the official Facebook page for the event. And Her Universe is a wonderful place to get clothing made especially for geek girls. May the force be with you.
Photo/Video credit: Carrie Goldman