Five years ago, a little girl named Katie was bullied for bringing a Star Wars water bottle to school. The boys who taunted the 7-year-old insisted that Star Wars wasn’t for girls. Katie’s mother, Carrie Goldman, shared the story on her blog Portrait of an Adoption, and soon it went viral. Members of the Star Wars and geek communities reached out to Goldman to share their support for Katie in numerous ways, including an event that is still being celebrated to this day: Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day.
It started when one of Goldman’s readers decided to create a Facebook event to be held on a Friday in December where people were asked to wear Star Wars clothes that day to support Katie.
“Tens of thousands of people signed up to participate, and many of them contacted us to ask if they could send Katie a special Star Wars gift,” Goldman told the Daily Dot. “Since Katie is not financially disadvantaged, I asked people instead to donate those Star Wars gifts to holiday toy drives. It seemed like an awesome opportunity to capture all the outpouring of love and support that Katie was receiving and spread that goodwill to other kids too. I named the event Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars, and it took off.”
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