I'm working on setting up a charity event for Garrison Tyranus, and I'd like to invite you to join us if you're interested. We would be volunteering to help out with a program that benefits Toys for Tots and Fairfax County Schools. Here is information on the program from the Washington Post: Marketing Students To Help Kids Shop Thursday, November 27, 2003; Page VA22 Beginning tomorrow, marketing students from Fairfax County's Springfield Classroom-on-the-Mall program will sponsor Santa's Little Helpers, a holiday gift store for shoppers ages 3 to 12 on the upper level of Springfield Mall. Items will be less than $10 for children to purchase gifts for parents, teachers, relatives and friends. The choices will include ornaments, picture frames, toys, mugs, beanbag animals and key chains. Marketing students from county schools will help the children shop and then wrap the presents. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. After that, it will be open weekends through Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The store will also be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 12, and Dec. 15-19. In addition to helping young shoppers, the store helps the marketing students gain experience in running a real store and managing a business. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots charity. I spoke with representatives for Classroom on the Mall, who are running the program. They said that they would certainly be able to use costumed help to bring in shoppers to the program by handing out flyers and attracting attention. The program benefits both Toys for Tots and Fairfax County Schools. If you're interested in assisting at Santa's Little Helpers on 12/14, 12/20 or 12/21, please let me know as soon as possible so I can tell them that we're rolling. Please let me know which of those dates you'd be interested in. Thanks!