There has been a lot of negativity in the Star Wars fan base which has caused a drift between the cast and crew, and audiences. However, even with the disappointments floating all around, there have been remarkable stories of how the galaxy far, far away can help bring some joy to the most loyal fans, even while they face immense tragedy.
One fan is remembering how Lucasfilm helped him cope with his wife’s loss by sending him and his children a care package full Star Wars merchandise after they lost their mom.
“About two months ago, I lost my wife of over twenty years. Saying it has been rough is a massive understatement, but I’m very lucky to have a strong support system here. (My wife was one of 8 kids.) A few weeks ago, a friend of mine reached out to the publicity department at Lucasfilm and let them know what happened and how I was a huge Star Wars fan.”
He explains that Lucasfilm paid attention to detail and left no stone unturned in the package.
“Yesterday I got two boxes full of gifts from them. They had called my friend to find out about my situation and my kids. They got their ages and every single one of them (I’ve got seven kids, yep, seven) got an incredible gift bag of merchandise. All the right size – all age appropriate. They even sent me some wonderful stuff as well.”
He even shared evidence of the generous gifts, being loved by one of his children!
Thank you @starwars and @recursivecodes – Todd reached out to you about the loss of my wife. Y’all sent my kids a wonderful collection of gifts (and me too). Thank you so much for bringing smiles to us today! (And helping me create more fans.) pic.twitter.com/iZPcAQNqJ9
— Raymond Camden (@raymondcamden) July 6, 2018
Just think how huge of a company Lucasfilm is. It’s amazin that they can pinpoint a family who could relly benefit from a surprise, and move forward with making it happen.They may not have time to respond to each request, but when they do it makes a difference.
A friend of the man said,
“I have to be honest – I’m shocked my friend got a response to an out of the blue email like that. And I’m just… blown away by what they did. I don’t know if any of the company folks monitor this, but if so, you have my thanks. You made this big Star Wars nerd happy and you made my kids pretty damn happy too. Thank you.”
Shannon Toohey is Editor-In-Chief of FanFest.com. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2015 with a B.A. in Journalism from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communications. Shannon has been a proud member of the Fan Fest team since 2013. Tweet her in your prettiest bird voice: @shannontoo