Whether or not they’d be comfortable with the title, I have no idea, but Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari are real world heroes to hundreds of kids. Dave is an author and publisher and Ninive an educator, and together they founded 826 National, a non profit dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18 with their writing skills and helping teachers get their students excited about the writing. Each one of their seven chapters offers drop-in tutoring, field trips, workshops, and in-schools programs all free of charge for children, classes, and schools with particular interests or special needs.
“Our services are structured around our belief that
great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that
strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”
One of the ways the individual chapters financially sustain themselves is with a unique retail storefront and corresponding online shop. Hands down they are some of the most imaginative and creatively executed fundraising ventures I have ever seen. My current favorite and one perfect to share with Little Hero readers is the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. which supports 826 NYC in Brooklyn, New York.
Now it goes without saying that Little Hero Capes and gear are hands down the finest available to any junior caped crusader, but what if you need, say, a jug of Antigravity or an all-purpose compact transmogrifying Matter Transformer? This is where BSSCo steps in.
All manner of canned and bottled superhero attributes are available. And for perfect accompaniments to your Little Hero Cape, you might consider a flight tilt indicator, tights or boots (seen below). Where else can you support an amazing non-profit and buy an invisible plane? I ask you.