The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit more than 50 creators and their families with over $950,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Extra Life is a national organization that raises money for children’s hospitals, with St. Louis’ chapter benefiting two local hospitals. Be sure to stop by Extra Life’s booth to learn more and to sign up!
“Game lovers of all kinds are spending the next five weeks raising funds and deciding what to play on Saturday, November 7 — 2015’s Extra Life game day benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, members of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The grassroots gaming experience lets gamers register for free at www.Extra-Life.org, select St. Louis Children’s Hospital or SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, establish a fundraising goal and seek donations from friends and family to support their “game day.”
All funds raised through Extra Life by greater St. Louis area gamers will stay local to help our partner hospitals. Since 2008, tens of thousands of participants have raised more than $8 million on behalf of this Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program. All secure donations made on behalf of Extra Life participants stay local equally benefitting St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital to ensure that innovative programs can be funded, crucial equipment can be purchased and that no child can be turned away.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis is gearing up for November 7 game day. Those interested in gaming for the 450,000 kids treated annually at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center can register at www.Extra-Life.org.”
Annie’s Hope is a community based not for profit providing comprehensive support services to children, teens and their families grieving the death of someone significant. The mission of Annie’s Hope is fulfilled anytime a hopeless, sad or angry child finds courage to face the future after the death of someone special.
“We know that children experience profound sadness, fear, anxiety, and confusion following the death of a loved one. The negative impacts affect their mental, emotional, social, cognitive, spiritual and physical health and development. The unfortunate reality is that most bereaved children are forced to navigate their grief journeys alone. Children’s grief is misunderstood, unrecognized and overlooked because adult caregivers are either overwhelmed by their own emotions, or they are not capable of distinguishing signs of extreme distress in grieving kids. Enjoining peers who understand one another’s pain normalizes the grieving process, provides kids with a safe place to explore feelings and better understand death, connects grieving children to a support network, and instills healthier coping skills. Compassionate grief support combats the incidence of school failure, depression, anxiety, and risk taking behavior involving alcohol, drugs and sex – all of which commonly afflict bereaved kids. Annie’s Hope is the only organization that offers a full array of free support services to the vast, underserved or sometimes wholly unserved population of grieving children in the St. Louis area. Offering programs free of charge to 3,600+ grieving kids and their families annually makes it necessary for Annie’s Hope to raise a minimum of $715,000 every year. Financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations allows thousands of St. Louis area children, who are disadvantaged by intense emotional distress, to find hope for healthier futures. Grieving kids need facilitated peer support to succeed in the classroom, experience decreased incidences of destructive behavior, and find productive ways to express anger, frustration and sadness.”
The Brentwood Library, in central St. Louis County, was selected to be a recipient of funds raised through Anime St. Louis’ charity fundraiser for the last few years. The extra money has been used to create one of the largest collections of manga in the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis, a collective of nine independent city libraries within St. Louis County. Each book is marked with a special sticker thanking Anime St. Louis, and the collection is housed in the teen section of the Brentwood Library on new carousels. The library reports the Manga are a huge hit with the young patrons at all 9 locations and are constantly being checked out. This year’s order of new titles include Barrage, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, DragonBall, Inuyasha, Kare First Love, K-On!, Mixed Vegetables, Naruto, Natsume’s Book of Friends, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Skip Beat!, We Were There, Yu-Gi-Oh, 5Ds/Duelist/GX/Millenium/R/Zexal, and YuYu Hakusho.