In November of 2007, an idea was born in the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. The Mandalorian Mercs was a striving community for Mandalorian costuming and was getting a good amount of members and traffic to their website. They wanted to use this popularity to give back to the community in some way. The idea was that it was the duty of MMCC as costumers to be able to help the most important fans who love Star Wars™; Children in need.
The MMCC Command Council put their heads together and came up with the best idea they could. MMCC members already worked in conjunction with other costume clubs like The 501st Legion and The Rebel Legion who both do many charity events. MMCC wanted to do something that would set the group a little bit apart from these other two great costume clubs. So in November of 2007, MMCC decided that we would start its own charity..."Help a Verd'ika Fund".
In the Mandalorian language “Verd’ika” means “Little Warrior”, so it would only seem right for our charity to adopt a name similarly to this. In 2010 we took the “Verd’ika Fund” idea even further and created a managed charity called “Little Warrior International”. The mission of “LWI”: “To bring hope to sick and underprivileged children in need through the magic of Star Wars™.”
Since 2007 MMCC’s “Little Warrior International” has been able to help countless children around the world and throughout the year, especially during the holiday season.
Last year our holiday plans were interrupted tragicly by the shootings at Newtown Elementary in Connetticut USA, for which we were able to rase $2000 in a week's time to help the families and friends of the victims affected by the tragady. 2013 also saw a massive emergency fund-drive for the children of Moore Oklahoma, after a massive EF-5 tornado tore through their school killing several children. LWI raised $2000 in two weeks, and was able to help organize a special "Back To School" party for the kids in August.
These are just a couple of the instances where Little Warrior International has worked in a grass-roots "Boots on the Ground" capacity to bring hope to children. 100% of your donation goes to the mission of LWI, and since it is managed completely by volunteers, there is little to no administrative overhead that would eat into donations.
Your help is very much appreciated.