Testimonials

I wanted to send a note of thanks for scheduling your members to appear at out event at The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg PA. The men who came were incredibly professional, easy for kids to approach and amazingly realistic. Our event was successful in raising money for our scholarship programs (I am not sure of the exact total, but I know our director was thrilled 🙂 ). Our museum is the only one of it’s kind in a 70 mile radius. The rural area we are in is economically challenged and I can’t tell you how much this event has helped our museum in providing quality programs for the children in our area. As an educator, I loved to see how excited the kids were. The looks on the kids faces when they walk through the door and see a Stormtrooper is priceless! Thank you so much!

On a personal note, my son came dressed as a Sith Apprentice (he is a member of the Galactic Academy). He is still walking on clouds for being able to be around the 501st. The men of the 501st were very kind to him and lived up to the image he has in his head about them. He’s saving his money and reading how he can build proper Stormtrooper armor so he can join the 501st when he’s 18. The members that came were so nice to all the kids. You all are great role models for kids.

What surprised me was my daughter (she came dressed as a Jawa and joined the Galactic Academy just because her big brother did). She is a fan of Star Wars, but she didn’t get the concept of what the 501st (or the Galactic Academy) is – until now. My daughter is almost 11 but she has some developmental delays and in some ways she operates on a much younger level than her chronological age. Because of this she is sometimes called “weird” or “dumb” by other kids her age. At the event she was amazed that kids wanted to be near her and have their pictures taken with her (as a Jawa). The members of the 501st were very nice to her in allowing her to tag along. She told me she wants to “do that more” – meaning wear her Jawa costume. She enjoyed being the “cool kid” for a day. As a mom, I can’t thank you enough for giving my child that experience.

Kind Regards,

Science Educator
The Children’s Museum


“I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your busy schedules to volunteer for this event. The characters are so important to the children who attend and you all came with your “A” game. I’ve heard only positive things from the other volunteers and the community on how great all the characters were and you each deserve a pat on the back! You made my job very easy! ”

WEST VIRGINIA CHARITY CHARACTER BREAKFAST


We can’t thank you enough for the “awesome time” you provided for our Miracle Children and their families as well as all of our wonderful volunteers today. We have received tons of good comments many saying this was the best Miracle Party ever. It definitely brought tears to my eyes to see the kids up out of the seats and dancing. How totally cool!! Thank you to each member of your group for taking the time needed to reach out to each and every one of our families. I will send a formal thank you to your group later this week and will include a program and some photos.

A heartfelt thank you.

CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK


I want to thank you and your group for coming to share, Star Wars with us. Everyone really enjoyed their time, especially the children. We appreciate your time and effort. Please tell those that attended, Thank You!

MORGANTOWN , PA PUBLIC LIBRARY
It was the best! Everyone young and old just loved it! One of the older boy scouts even said it was the best Blue and Gold that he has ever seen. Everyone is still talking and those that did not come, well- they are still talking as well (they wish they had come)

Awesome job all the way around.

COCHRANTON , PA CUB SCOUTS PACK


Dear Tim and The Garrison Carida Group,
The Child Life Dept would like to extend their gratitude to your group for visiting the patients and families at Childrens Hospital of UPMC. Over the years your group has visited the hospital and gave our patients and families the opputunity to enjoy seeing the group dressed in authentic Star Wars costumes. The day is enjoyed by children of all ages. We would like to thank you for providing each patient with a Star Wars Toy or action figure. Your kindness provided many happy smiles to the children.

Please send our thanks to the members that attended that day.

UPMC – PITTSBURGH , PA


Hi,
I just wanted to let you guys know that you made a lot of people REALLY happy today at the Villanova Special Olympics, students and athletes alike. Thank you for donating your time like this. Keep being awesome,

VILLANOVA SPECIAL OLYMPICS


Thank you so much for your participation in ZooBoo 2010; it was a huge success! Nearly 40,000 guests enjoyed our “scary, but not too scary” Halloween event. The weather held out most every night which brought large crowds, proving that support from the community for this even is strong.

On behalf of everyone at the zoo, thank you! ZooBoo is one of the largest fundraisers, and the money raised allows us to improve the zoo year after year. Every year, family’s call ahead to find out when the Star Wars characters are coming to ZooBoo to make sure they don’t miss you. Everyone, including our staff, is so excited when you are able to make a trip to the zoo. Make sure you extend our thanks to all the members of your group who took the time to come out to ZooBoo; it is greatly appreciated knowing the distances you all have to travel!

Thanks again for being a part of ZooBoo 2010 and we look forward to working with you again in the future!

ERIE , PA . ZOO


On behalf of the Bryn Mawr Hospital Pediatric Staff, a sincere thank you for your generosity in donating your time and energies to the 12th Annual Pediatric Diabetic Candy Exchange which was held from 5-7 PM on Monday November 1st, 2010 at The Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, PA. Thanks to your willingness to share your time, and bring along all stickers, trading cards and Star Wars toys on behalf of your colleagues at the 501st Legion, children with diabetes were able to enjoy an evening full of healthy foods & fun!

As you know, after exchanging their bags of Halloween candy for “goodie” bags containing great new toys & gift certificates, the children with diabetes spent the evening being entertained by the skills of Stephen Clarke, an area resident who currently holds the record as the ‘Fastest Pumpkin Carver’ in the Guinness Book of World Records. They enjoyed Stacey’s Face Painting, arts and crafts tables and an energetic music session with Janine Kelly of Makin’ Music. A visit by the 501st Legion was the highlight of the evening for all. Without your group in attendance, this event would not have been near as successful. We thank you for your willingness and ability to attend this very special event.

We especially appreciate your willingness to greet the children and assist in various ways throughout the night. You were a great help. Without your kind assistance, an event like this would not have been possible.

BRYN MAWR HOSPITAL


Thanks for the flickr link. The photos are great. We had such a good time! Folks are already asking about the next time.

It was a pleasure working with you and your crew members. We will be posting on Facebook & Flickr and I will let you know when they are available.

READING PUBLIC LIBRARY
Thank you for sending the link to the pictures. They turned out great! Our sincere thanks to you, Ken and the other members of the Garrison Carida who came to the Henrietta Hankin Library last Saturday. The event was a huge success and we greatly appreciate the time you all took to entertain and enthrall the kids (and adults as well). We look forward to working with your group in the future.

Thanks again,

CHESTER SPRINGS , PA PUBLIC LIBRARY


Words cannot express how much the attendees at the CHOP Buddy Walk enjoyed the individuals that came from Garrison Carida. I loved how the people from your organization got into the event and made the day even more special for our attendees.

VILLANOVA , PA BUDDY WALK


Just want to send you a quick Thank You!!!! Yesterday we attened the Albany-Greewich Carnival in Kutztown, PA. We were thrill to see your volunteers! My daughter who is 8 years old loved everyone of them. Her favorite was Chewie! It’s times like these we love, care free and non stop smiles! She has cystic fibrosis and fights a daily battle to try and stay healthy.

SPECTATOR KUTZTOWN CHARITY CARNIVAL


My children and I had the pleasure of meeting some of your members at the Erie Zoo on Saturday May 15. What you guys do is wonderful and seems like a lot of fun for everyone involved.

Both of my sons have mental handicaps, Tucker with Down’s Syndrome and Jack with Autism. They are both avid Star Wars fans, especially Jack. The thrill on Jack’s face when he got to shake hands with Obi-Wan Kenobi and especially Commander Bly, was priceless and it was an occasion he talked about all weekend!
I would just like to personally thank you for the fine things you do as an organization and the special joy you have brought to my sons and daughter.

Thank you

SPECTATOR AT ERIE, PA ZOO


I have to say it was one of the best days I have ever had working at Build A Bear in eight years. There was a nice “buzz” in the air and everyone was having a blast. All of your representatives were terrific (or Beariffic as we say). As you promised, Darth Vader was excellent with the kids (against his nature I must say) and brought smiles to many (staff especially).

I was also pleased with the generosity of our guests. I never did get a final count of the number of bears that were donated, but I am glad it was a lot!! I was hoping this would be a win win for both if us!!

Thanks again,Tim, for all you did to coordinate the event; you were a pleasure to work with. If you ever need a reference for someone considering your group, I would be happy to offer positive comments.

BUILD A BEAR – PITTSBURGH, PA


I can not tell you how wonderful it was to have the 501 at our Star Wars event!! Your guys were totally awesome! The kids loved it and I loved the fact that they promoted literacy and gave us a cool Star Wars book!! I will send you a link to my blog when I post the pics and videos. Again, thanks so much.

RADNOR PUBLIC LIBRARY


At one point even a nurse started crying when a small girl came walking down the hall to see us with a smile that streched from ear to ear. That’s when she explained to us that the girl had not been out of bed for over a week and they had never seen her smile.

501ST MEMBER ATTENDEE AT WVU HOSPITAL VISIT