So, today was our first Comics For Christmas event of the year and I have to say... it was an amazing experience! The staff was very welcoming and appreciative, the parents were also very happy with us for, as one mother told us, "taking the time to brighten up our kid's day" and more importantly; the kids we're happy. Amongst the things we brought for the kids were: back packs, pencils, note pads, toys, coloring books, crayons, color pencils and of course comic books! It was great watching the kids going through the items inside their brand new back packs and seeing their eyes light up when they recognized Spider-Man or the Hulk! We loved every minute of it!
But we didm't just bring them gifts, we also played video games with them, drew some sketches for the kids that wanted one, interacted with them and made them laugh. At first we were a bit overwhelmed because you just don't know exactly how sick the kids might be or what level of pain they may be going through, but once we were introduced and the kids acknowledge us; it was all smooth sailing from there on out. We met this wonderful little boy named Gideon whom we found out, wears a cape with a big letter "G" on it every time he's getting shots. His mom approached us a asked if we could make a sketch for her representing that cape with the big letter "G" on and of course; we had to comply! You can see the results in the picture below. :)
It's safe to say that the event was a success when the staff already invites you to come back for as many times as we'd like and they want us to set dates for next year! We are so blessed to have been allowed the opportunity to interact with such wonderful parents, kids and staff that we immediately agreed to come back! Days like this make all the sacrifices, the long hours, the back pain, the reading the comics to make sure they're appropriate for children... seeing the reactions on those little kid's faces, seeing those smiles on the parents faces; seeing how grateful the staff was; it makes it all worth it! This is only the beginning, expect a lot more from Comics For Christmas!
Today was a special day for dozens of kids at Barnes & Nobles in Virginia Beach, Va... for today was Marvel Comics Day! The event is a new initiative Barnes & Nobles is utilizing to bring in kids to reading through comics. Hmmm... I think I've heard of that before, oh yeah... Comics For Christmas! This is the same basis of our non-profit organization, using comic books to encourage kids into reading as well as bringing a little bit of joy to kids who otherwise might not be so lucky.
The day started with by giving every kid some golden tickets for a raffle to be drawn at the end of the event. Then it was story time. The host read a Hulk story and then a Wolverine story to finish. Then the kids would each get an original superhero name, then they made "Black Widow" cookies and they finish with a a raffle. The atmosphere was very jovial and kids were extremely engaged. I have to say, it was a blast seeing dozens of kids who loved these characters, dressed in their favorite superhero costumes and simply having a good time! All an all it was a very fun event that I hope to see more off. I;m happy to see others take our initiative and run with it because at the end of the day, it's all about the kids.
If you wanna know more about Comics For Christmas and how you can be a part of our mission for kids, visit: http://www.truthfulcomics.com/comics-for-christmas.html
-Manuel A. Carmona
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