As the holidays loom ever closer, the part of us that is so over all the never-ending choruses of carols is constantly at war with the parts of us that try to keep the cheer of the season in the forefronts of our minds. While it’s easy to slip into the familiar mindset of Scrooge and the Grinch, I implore you to allow this year to be a year of giving. Of course, this site being all about geeks, nerds, and all the lovely in-betweeners, I’ve found a couple sites for you that fit with our theme and exemplify the giving spirit.
First up is Fandom 4 Causes: a website that simply wants to bring people of a like charitable mind together to participate in a variety of causes. Fandom 4 Causes reports on charities from both a global level and a community level. It’s an interesting touch, I think, and really gives the sense that fandom is a community where people care about their fictional characters just as much as the well-being of their own neighbors. Since the site runs off user-submitted ideas, it’s also a great place to submit causes that are important to you personally. It’s a great resource to take advantage of!
Second is The Box Scene Project. As we’ve discussed many times on this site, fandom usually takes it upon themselves to add into canon what has been unfortunately left out, usually taking the form of little to no representation for people of color or for QUILTBAG characters. So, what better way to show support, ally or otherwise, than to help donate to causes that aid marginalized groups? The Box Scene Project doesn’t stop there; check out some of the things they’ve done:
The Box Scene Project is a fan-based non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal representation for LGBT*/minority characters, actors, and issues on network television.
Since our inception, we demonstrated fan support for equal representation by successfully lobbying for the release of a deleted scene between TV’s most popular gay teen couple, and raising over $100,000 for charity by offering fans prizes and items from their favorite diverse celebrities and television shows.
An admirable goal, I think. And while a little less open-ended than Fandom 4 Causes, it’s still a worthwhile project.
None of us can avoid the negative feelings that surround the perception of fandoms, and in some cases, it is warranted. However, by no means should that stop anyone from trying to make it better. Fandoms can come together and achieve some really great things, especially in terms of charity. Even if you don’t feel comfortable donating in the name of fandom, or you just don’t care to, I encourage you to donate this season anyways. There are tons of causes that would appreciate it, and truly every little bit helps.
Warning: you may get a feeling of the warm fuzzies after doing so.