Leanna is like a lot of little girls. She’s five-years-old and loves superheroes. Unfortunately, when she wore her superhero t-shirts to kindergarten, boys in her class tell her that superheroes are “for boys.” That’s when her seven-year-old sister Adalina stepped in. She declared October 1st to be Wear Your Superheroes Day – a day for boys and girls of all ages to wear superhero clothing.
It started with a Facebook event, and over 2,000 people RSVP’d. Participants posted pics on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WearYourSuperheroes. Organizers Tom Nagel, Stacy Brannan-Smith, and Mindy Ellis Nagel posted the following on the Facebook event:
To everyone who shared their #WearYourSuperheroes photos and words of encouragement for Adalina and Leanna: Thank you so much! To say that we are overwhelmed by your response would be an extraordinary understatement.
Although I don’t think they totally understand the impact that their idea had, or just how many people came together to support them, I can say with certainty that the girls had a blast today. More importantly, you helped us achieve our goal of enabling Leanna to “wear her superheroes” with confidence!
After talking with her this evening, I realized that she didn’t see this day as being about her. It was simply a celebration. She told me that she was excited that everyone got to dress up as their favorite superhero, and I could tell how happy she was that there were so many other people who share her interests.
They’ve created a website for the event, and they’re not done. They plan to continue hosting events, including something for Halloween. You can keep up with the latest at their Facebook page.