'Supernatural's' Misha Collins on random acts of black magic, and charity too
Sure enough, Collins requested that he do the interview with occasional co-star Rob Benedict sitting in his lap (a suggestion that Benedict quickly vetoed). Despite his mischievous nature, Collins did manage to focus his attention on his passion project, a charity called Random Acts, which encourages random acts of kindness worldwide.
To do his part, Collins will be running. No, not for office... yet. He's going to hit the road in Washington State on Sept. 5 and just simply run.
"I'm going to be running for as long as I can," he says. "At least a few hours. I'm going to start early morning, and run from approximately then to approximately later on in the day. It's not going to be time that runs out, it's going to be me that runs out."
Fans and supporters can pledge to donate per kilometer, or can give a flat donation.
Wondering what you're supporting? The money raised by Misha's run will be donated to three orphanages in Haiti, victims of the Pakistan floods, and to facilitating the kind of haphazard kindness that the organization has already been promoting.
Orphanages and flood victims sound like serious business, but we're pretty sure Collins has never had a sincere moment in his life. In a panel discussion with fans, Collins assures us, "There's been a little bit of discourse about whether the money is being spent appropriately, and I want to address that. I don't feel like it's wasteful. Less than 5% is going to killing baby pandas. For those of you who think that's a frivolous activity, just know it's only 5% of the money that you're donating. School children are getting a chance to hunt them, so it's a very dynamic, educational program that involves wildlife."
He's chosen not to focus on one specific cause. "I'm one of those people that thinks the world changes in smaller and in more mysterious ways than a lot of people like to think. A lot of traditional charities and organizations do things that on the surface seem like a good idea, but it doesn't change the way that people think about interacting with other people."
One small act at a time, Collins hopes that his charity will shift our awareness and our response to those in need. "I hope that this does a little bit of inspiring people to behave a little bit differently. You don't have to build a building to do this. You don't have to buy an airplane. Acts of charitable black magic and witchcraft is what I'm kind of going for."
Working with an organization of motivated and passionate individuals, Collins has already begun to gather donations and pledges for his run. At press time, over $14,000 had been contributed in flat donations alone. We're confident that "Supernatural" followers have only begun to contribute.
"The reason that I started working with it was that it seems like there's a lot of, you know, interesting, competent... some intelligent people in this [fan] community who have a lot of creative energy and resources at their disposal," Collins tells his fans. "I thought it'd be kind of interesting to pool that and do something collectively that would be nice."
He pauses. "Because it feels like there are too many pandas already."
To donate to Random Acts and help Collins reach his lofty goals of "happy world domination," follow this link. Misha runs on Sept. 5, so you still have plenty of time to give what you can and inspire him to keep moving.
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