In the first episode of Fangirls Going Rogue, Teresa and I interviewed voice actress Catherine Taber about her Star Wars work, being a fangirl, and other topics. One subject we couldn’t pass up is her passion project Games For Soldiers, which I’ve mentioned on the blog several times before. As an Army brat myself, supporting our troops deployed overseas is a cause that means a great deal to me, too. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to lend your support to GFS.
The primary mission of GFS is shipping boxes of new and used videogames to units deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The games are very popular in the Morale, Wellness and Recreation (MWR) facilities; the testimonials on the GFS site speak for themselves. If you have new or used videogames you’d like to donate, just contact Cat through the site to find out how to send them to her. In addition, books and comics are welcome as donations.
If you’re not a gamer, Cat mentioned two other great ways you can support GFS and our troops. You can purchase postage directly from USPS, either at your local post office or online, and then send the stamps to Cat to cover the $12.95 cost of a flat-rate APO box. Every $20 book of $1 stamps helps. Besides the games, another highly meaningful contribution is sending cards or writing letters to the soldiers thanking them for their service. Many deployed troops receive little or no correspondence from home at mail call, and a simple note from a stranger can make all the difference in brightening their day.
For more details on GFS and how to donate or help, as well as email contact information, check the GFS website.
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Assembly of Geeks and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.
Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa and Gemini. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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