Today, R2 returned to Hillsides Children's Group Home, where he participated with dozens of members of various Star Wars clubs, to bring happiness to kids who have had a tough childhood. Per policy with these things, no pictures with kids were allowed.
As he did last year, R2 hid under an outdoor stairway, as the characters changed into costume, and prepared for their grand entrance.
As the characters got changed into costume, they socialized while waiting for everyone to get prepped.
We took two group pictures. Here's the "before."
A little after 11:00am, the staff had the kids assemble in a room that was playing The Clone Wars series, and the characters entered. I used a wooden ramp to get R2 up through the door threshold.
The kids got to meet the characters, and all the characters signed their autograph books. (I signed for R2: "Beep-Boop!" R2-D2) The kids also got toys and patches. Here's a glimpse of what it looked like inside the room.
Next, the Saber Guild put on their presentation, where Jedi fight Sith, and ultimately, Vader himself. The kids help use the Force to chase Vader away.
Afterward, everyone was treated to lunch.
And finally, we wrapped with the "after" group photo.
It's a great event for a great cause, and I hope R2 and I are part of it again next year.