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Guardians of the Children—You know, for kids!

Before we return to the terrifically horrific world of Universal Studios monsters, I need to do a couple of things. First, I want to steal a line from the hilarious Coen brothers’ flick The Hudsucker Proxy and use it as the subtitle of this post—okay, done. Second, and more important, I want to shine a light on the good works of someone who’s doing something quite meaningful and then ask you to assist her if at all possible.

Michelle Tomlinson is a wonderful actress best known for her work in horror films such as The Cellar Door and Brain Dead. But she’s recently taken on a new role. Michelle is serving as spokesperson for the Texas chapter of Guardians of the Children, a nationwide nonprofit organization of motorcycle enthusiasts who are dedicated to helping at-risk and homeless kids. As I’ve written before, their mission is “to recognize and react to child abuse and educate the public to do the same; to serve as advocates to provide strength and stability to families in crisis; and be an answer to the prayer of an abused child or teen for courage, support and protection.”

Recently, Michelle alerted me that she and the noble Guardians are doing their damndest to prepare for the rapidly approaching holidays. There are so many kids out there in sad situations that won’t allow them to have a decent Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa (or whatever it is they celebrate to find a little joy). I write a lot about fictional horrors like vampires and werewolves, but those are nothing compared to the real-world horrors these children are dealing with—things like homelessness, abuse, drug addiction, hunger and loss of parents.

In an effort to provide some much-needed happiness for these kids, Guardians of the Children are staging a Coat and Toy Drive. Michelle and the Guardians are requesting new or gently used coats and toys of all varieties for boys and girls: all sizes, all ages. And please don’t feel restricted to toys and coats. Use your imaginations. Books, MP3 players, clothes, shoes—hell, that old laptop of yours would be more useful in some child’s lap than sitting on a closet shelf. Anything you feel is right can’t be wrong. The following are the details needed for getting some gifts into the hands of these deserving kids.

POSTAL packages can be mailed to the following:

Richard Oliver
P.O. Box 108
Peaster, Texas 76485

FOR UPS ONLY:

Richard Oliver
1800 Hwy 1885
Peaster, Texas 76485

This drive runs through the end of the holiday season, so you have plenty of time to prepare. If you feel you can do anything to assist, please do—even if it’s just spreading the word. Tell a friend, write about it on your blog, send a toy, write a check, say a prayer. This is your chance to make a difference in a child’s life. Follow your heart. Remember that giving to those in need, especially children, is good for the soul, as well as the world. And, hey, we all need a better world.

~Theron Neel

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