August 21st, 2013

misha collins

How Misha's Birthday Inspired Me To Give Away Money & Not Write Porn.

So, yesterday was Misha Collins birthday! I didn’t forget - I just already had that other post typed up, I swear! But, I noticed that it was his 39th birthday and Idk why, but I thought Misha was in his early 40s. I don’t know why I thought this! He sure as hell doesn’t look older! And he certainly doesn’t act older. But then I thought, ‘maybe it’s because he has an old soul,’ but let’s be for real and say the truth, which is that I am so enamored of this man that my brain automatically sorted him into a category with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adam Baldwin and James Marsters. That’s how much I love him. But it also means my brain was tricked into thinking he had more than 4 years on me.

In honor of Misha’s birthday, I donated to a charity, which I have been meaning to do anyway since I read this news article about the R.J. Scheffel Toy Project and knew I wanted to help them out. I was going to do half/half between them and Random Acts, but when I saw how little the Toy Project had raised towards their goal, I gave them all the money I’d set aside instead. I think Misha would be fine with that.

The R.J. Scheffel Toy Project is a non-profit in the capital of my home-state of Michigan that makes and distributes over 10,000 toys a year towards disadvantaged, homeless and other children in need across the state. One of the things they do is to make Memory Boxes out of wood and donate them to Mott’s Children’s Hospital so the boys and girls there - many of whom are there for weeks at a time - can design and paint them. I will be the first to say that most of my time spent at Mott’s - and that was a pretty big percentage of my childhood - is a bad memory for me. But the Community Room? That I remember with great fondness. The Scheffel Toy Project building recently had a fire that destroyed a large portion of their work area, including many of their supplies, tools and toys that had already been made. So now they need to raise some money.

They’ve barely raised 1% of their goal, so now I’m actually learning how to do a re-postable entry here on LJ, to see if maybe the all-ruling internet can’t be used as a tool to spread the word that they need help. See the shit Misha has me doing with my time when I have make-out scenes to write!

The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project.

The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project is a non-profit that makes and distributes over 10,000 toys a year towards disadvantaged, homeless and other children in need across the state of Michigan. They donate to a wide-range of places; including children’s hospitals, after-school programs, Head Start, child abuse prevention centers, the Salvation Army and other holiday toy drives, just to name a few. I, myself, spent a good percentage of my childhood in and out of a children’s hospital and as a kid, I never thought about where these special toys and craft projects were coming from. I only knew that they were the one bright spot in a long line of doctors, tests and needle pokes.

Here’s what some of their handmade toys look like:

scheffel toys - planes scheffel toys - chair scheffel toys - games

The R.J. Scheffel Toy Project’s workshop location recently suffered a fire, destroying many of their supplies, tools and already-made toys. But they haven’t given up hope yet. They are working to re-open the center and get back on track. With only half of their yearly order filled, they have a lot of work to do. This group of volunteers is made up of mostly retired persons who live by the motto: “People do not stop doing things because they get older; They get older because they stop doing things.” But they can’t do it alone! Besides the call for volunteers, they need money; to rebuild the workshop, to replace damaged tools and supplies.

And you can help! They’ve currently only raised about one percent of their monetary goal, so any little bit you can donate would make their day! And if you can’t donate, please re-post this and spread the word. I swear, I’ve never done a call to arms like this before, but dammit, these people need our help, so let’s show them what the All-Powerful Internet can do!

The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project homepage and donate button can be found here.