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Back in 2013, J.K. Rowling auctioned off one of her own personal Harry Potter charm bracelets with proceeds going to her charity Lumos. Around that same time, she explained how they were connected in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

“A charm bracelet seems a very innocent trinket. What other piece of jewellery is so imbued with memory and sentiment? Why do we call those little masterpieces “charms” if not in allusion to their talismanic properties? They have meaning beyond the mercenary. They are personal amulets.”

“Lumos is a spell I created in HARRY POTTER that brings light to a desperately dark and frightening place. At Lumos this is just what we do: we reveal the hidden children locked away behind closed doors and forgotten by the world, so that everyone first of all understands the problem and then works together to fix it”.

So the only question about these new Harry Potter charm bracelets from The Noble Collection is, what took them so long? Noble is currently offering 4 different bracelets representing the four houses of Hogwarts. Most importantly, at least 15% of the purchase price will go to the Lumos foundation.

Gryffindor and Hufflepuff come in gold plate, while Slytherin and Ravenclaw are silver plated. All four bracelets have a Sorting Hat and the Lumos butterfly.

I’m sure J.K. hopes each fan will take this lovely start and build their own personal amulets. Check out more pics below.

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Alvin Garcia Flores was born without an arm and his mom Leticia says that people often look at him and treat him differently than other kids. After this, something tells me that Alvin’s still going to feel different…but in a good way.

Terry Burton, his principal at Gateway Elementary in Omaha, Nebraska saw the story about a young fan who got a 3D-printed bionic Iron Man arm from Limbitless Solutions that was personally delivered by Robert Downey Jr. last year. Burton was inspired to show it to Alvin and, based on his reaction, decided to contact the company.

Fast forward to January 15th when the 501st Legion’s Central Garrison (representing Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota) showed up at Gateway with a present for Alvin.

Check out the video and pictures below to see what happened.

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The Santa at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, Canada isn’t your typical jolly old elf – he’s Paul Mason, a former model who is giving Santa’s image a stylish makeover for charity.

Every time a shopper snaps a photo with Fashion Santa and posts it on social media with the hashtag #YorkdaleFashionSanta, a buck is donated to the SickKids Foundation. After all, Christmas isn’t all about toys and being really, really ridiculously good looking.

Check out more pics after the break…

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Bloomingdale’s has put a new Star Wars spin on their signature brown bags as part of their collaboration with Force 4 Fashion.

The Rey and BB-8 bags were designed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume designer Michael Kaplan and are exclusive to Bloomingdale’s. A portion of each sale will go to the Child Mind Institute on behalf of Star Wars: Force For Change. So, you get a cute bag and help people along the way.

Check out more pics after the break…

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Mom and former oncology nurse Holly Christensen created a group called The Magic Yarn Project where volunteers who love to crochet get together to make Disney princess wigs for children battling cancer. She started the project after deciding to make a Rapunzel yarn wig for the daughter of a friend was diagnosed with lymphoma. As Babble notes, she thought it might help the toddler deal with the loss of her hair and “help bring a little magic and fun to a difficult time in her life”.

Now the group is making all kinds of Disney Princess wigs, and they have a GoFundMe page where people can donate and help bring wigs to more families in need.

Take a look at more cute kids wearing Disney yarn wigs after the break.

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The FDNY has been protecting New Yorkers for 150 years, and to commemorate their anniversary, Marvel has teamed up with New York Comic-Con to auction off ten special Marvel helmets to raise funds for the FDNY Foundation.

The helmets have been created just for NYCC and were designed by top Marvel comic book artists. They include heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and The Hulk.

If you’ll be at NYCC, the helmets will be on display in Artist Alley from Thursday 10/8 to Sunday 10/11 and the auction starts at 6:30 p.m. EST on Saturday 10/10.

Proceeds will go to the FDNY Foundation, which provides community awareness and outreach as well as training, support, technology, and equipment for the FDNY.

Check out a Captain America-themed helmet design after the break…

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The lead up to Stephen Amell’s upcoming appearance at WWE SummerSlam has been fantastic, and Amell being the generous guy that he is, has teamed up with WWE to help raise money for charity.

They’ve announced a new shirt based on the art of Danny Haas, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Toronto-based children’s hospice Emily’s House.

You can get the shirt now through Monday night at Represent.com. Amell added via his Facebook page, “I’m going to risk life & limb in a WWE Ring this Sunday, we’re definitely doing something to raise money for charity.”

WWE SummerSlam is this Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Barclays Center, and airs live on the WWE Network.

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I’m warning you ahead of time that this is going to get you in the feels, so have tissues handy.

13 year-old Matthew Tillyer attended Celebration in cosplay like a lot of young Star Wars fans. However, instead of cosplaying a character from the movies, he went as a vehicle. Yep, Matthew designed a TIE cosplay for his wheelchair and his dad built it.

Matthew was paralyzed from the neck down after a bout with pneumonia in 2013. When members of The 501st saw Matthew at the show (winning first place in the costume contest no less), they were so moved by his love for Star Wars, his story, and his positive attitude that they decided to make his dream of becoming a TIE pilot come true.

See Also: Donning a Costume For The Sake of Charity

501st members from garrisons all over the world contributed everything from a helmet to the boots to outfit him as a TIE pilot, and even raised $1,500 for medical expenses! Members of the Imperial Sands Garrison and the Golden Gate Garrison surprised Matthew with both the outfit and an honorary membership into the 501st.

Matthew still has challenges to face and is dealing with ongoing medical problems, however his smile, which was already pretty bright, is mega-watt after his experience with the 501st.

See more pictures and a video after the break.

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18-year-old Erinne Paisley is an advocate for global education and wanted to help bring attention to the issue at her high school graduation, so she found a fashionably geeky way to do it.

She made her dress out of her old Calculus homework, black satin, and some velvet trim and added a message (in red ink, of course) that read: “I’ve received my education. Not every woman has that right. Malala.org.” She then donated the money she would have spent on buying a dress to the Malala Fund and created an auction for the dress after her graduation to raise even more money.

Erinne’s advocacy doesn’t end with fashion. She’ll be attending the University of Toronto where she’ll be one of 11 National Scholars to study International Relations. She hopes to study international law, with an ultimate goal to work at the UN. I hope she makes it. I have a feeling she will.

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While we love to focus on all things geek and keep things light around here, the devastation caused by the massive earthquake in Nepal has left thousands dead and many more struggling. It’s not easy to bring relief to people who are dealing with that sort of loss.

Bungie is doing what they can to help by offering a Destiny-themed t-shirt dedicated to the cause, and is inviting Guardians to come to the aid of Nepal in this terrible time.

100% of the profits from the sale of this t-shirt will be donated to recognized charities providing direct relief efforts in Nepal. You’ll also get an in-game shader and emblem code with your purchase.

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