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Let them be kids again
Tap into your imagination and your heart this September for a night of movie madness for the Starlight Foundation. September is Starlight Movie Month. A fun night at home or at your local cinema can help raise a $700,000 goal for a very worthy cause. The twenty year running event that invades your home with a friendly motive, invites you to have fun and to especially enjoy your children (if you have them). However, it is not just for the kids.
The Starlight Foundation has created programs that are paramount in the total care of seriously sick children. Doctors, nurses and medicine are very important but they treat illness in a different way. On the other hand, through laughter, fun and the chance to play, the Starlight Foundation brings kids hope, happiness and moments in which they can forget that they are sick all together.
In participating retail stores, a collection of children movies will be sold for $14.95. Specially marked Starlight Movie Month new release movies from participating video rental stores and kiosks will also help the charity. An exclusive Starlight "Shine on Kids" DVD is also available. Giving is not that hard when you get something in return.
A night in with the girls? Somebody please locate the Sex and the City DVDs or find your favourite chick flicks. Of course, that is not for all girls. Choose what you would love to share with those you care for. I will always recommend 80's movies. And for those of you who experienced that era, nothing beats a heavy dose of nostalgia. With the guys? Consider your favourite or most ridiculous action or muscle films or the latest comedy flick.
Home with the kids/family? Then maybe kid movies that you can enjoy as well or at least stand. I recommend such things as How to Train Your Dragon, Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs or any Disney movie. When the kids go to bed, feel free to flick on a more adult friendly feature. If you are with your partner, snuggle up on the couch for date night at home. Do not shy away from your inner kid either. Consider dredging up favourite movies from the past. Remember, Rocky Horror Picture Show is almost always the answer.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. From: en.wikipedia.org
The foundation suggests that your donation could be what you would usually spend at a night at the movies. So as small as $13. Are you feeling a bit gluttonous tonight? Consider including what you would indulge in at the snack bar. Popcorn is nearly a must. We are not all loaded or even sitting comfortably, so any donation is welcome. And, really, one night in can be much less expensive than I night traipsing through town.
Use that wonderful imagination of yours. It does not have to be a quiet night at home on the couch. Although, depending who I am with, watching a movie can be quite loud. Especially when there are hot men or fluffy animals and too much sour glow worms on the table. Consider having a movie/starlet themed party and laugh at your friends in ridiculous wigs. Other ideas include: heading out to the cinema, hosting a quiz night or having a price of admission. Go to the website for more ideas, information, to register your night or to find movie nights elsewhere that you can join.
Many kids with illnesses lose their childhood. Your donations help give a little bit of that back to them. Movies can be an escape, escape for a night and help children escape their disease. Do not feel guilty by the warm fuzzy feeling that is sure to follow a donation. Feel free to get addicted to it, however, if you have the cash. And personally, I think a night in with the girls or back home with my family is long overdue. Even when September is over, do not forget that Starlight is not.