Today I got up bright and early (4:00am) for a roughly 75-mile drive to Valencia, CA, for Combat Radio's Christmas Event For Homeless Children and The Shelter For Domestic Violence charity event. This was held at the Salt Creek Grill restaurant. Joining me and R2-D2 were Chris Romines and R2-A1, Paul Thompson and R5-D1, and Michael McMaster and WALL•E. Several other Star Wars costumers and other costumers joined in the event as well.
It was a very cold and drizzly day. This is what 6:00am looks like in Valencia, CA.
Besides serving a hearty meal to those in need, dozens of autographed memorabilia were being auctioned to patrons to help raise money for the cause. (The liquor in the background was not up for auction.)
The Marines were also there collecting toys for Toys-4-Tots. I contributed about 30 unopened Star Wars action figures to the collection.
Ethan Dettenmaier from Combat Radio puts this event together each year, and of course Santa is a guest of honor.
While R2 was hanging out in the relative warmth of the restaurant, the other two Star Wars droids were entertaining the line in the cold and wet weather.
At 8:00am they opened the doors, and hundred of kids and their families came in.
It was a good event for a good cause, and it's always good to get together with droid-building buddies.