On Saturday, December 28th we saw two universes collide while working together to help the Rhode Island Blood Center collect donations. Members of the local Star Wars costuming groups worked alongside fans of the Star Trek franchise and held a friendly competition to see who could get more people to donate blood for their team. In addition to the efforts taking place here at the RI Blood Center, an identical blood drive was being held in Colorado by members of the 501st Cloud City Garrison. All of this was made possible by local Star Wars author Ryder Windham, who is…
 
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On Saturday, December 7th members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Alderaan Base attended the Bob’s Heroes Blood Drive at Gillette Stadium, home of NFL football team the New England Patriots. In conjunction with Bob’s Discount Furniture,┬áthe American Red Cross puts together three of these large-scale blood drives every year to try and increase their reach and collect as many blood donations as possible. Former Patriots teammate Joe Andruzzi was among the guests on hand to greet donors at the event. The need for blood is always there and it only takes about an hour of…
 
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On Saturday, October 5th members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Alderaan Base participated in the nation-wide event called Star Wars Reads Day, which is geared towards getting more children interested in reading. Troopers from both groups fanned out across the region to make appearances in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. At the Rhode Island event, which was held at the Barnes & Noble in Warwick, Star Wars author and Rebel Legion member Ryder Windham was present to not only talk about Star Wars with attendees but to also support the Rhode Island Blood…
 
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  On Saturday, June 22nd, members of the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base and the 501st Legion – New England Garrison went down to the Knights of Columbus hall in Attleboro, MA in support of the Rhode Island Blood Center and local author Ryder Windham. The troopers posed for pictures with guests and blood donors alike as they came out to see Mr. Windham speak about the Clone Wars, a period of time in the Star Wars universe that takes place between Episode 2 and 3. Guests that donated blood were treated to some gifts like action figures and comics….
 
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    On January 20th, X-Wing Pilots from Alderaan Base’s Phantom Squadron joined the 501st New England Garrison at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive at TD Banknorth Garden, home of the Boston Bruins. Representatives from the team were on hand as the troops entertained fans in the family area, and the Pilots even faced off with the Biker Scouts for a quick game of miniature ball hockey! Thanks to everyone who made it out to this event!