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Local Star Wars fan group making their force felt for Michiana children

For Gary Bingiman, Star Wars brings him memories of family and friends warmer than the suns of Tatooine.

"In a lot of ways, I'm the person I am today because of Star Wars," said Bingiman.

Now Gary is working with other Star Wars fans, sharing their fandom with Michiana children by putting on costumes for a purpose. 

This is the Northern Darkness Garrison, a local chapter of the national 501st Legion costume club. They combine charity with their love for the Star Wars films, dressing up as their favorite dark siders and visiting local hospitals, libraries and schools.

"Going in there where kids were just down, didn't feel good at all. And we showed up they're jumping, wanting to get out of their beds," said Kirk Collins. 

They say it's time well spent with their force being felt throughout Michiana. By way of donations, they say they've raised about $11,000 dollars charities, speaking to the true power of the cult classic series.

You can find more information about the Garrison and how you can request an appearance on their website.

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