Streator post office, Streator Eagle 6 team up May 8 to help food pantry, celebrate Star Wars

Star Wars droid stamps will be sold at theater, along with raffles

The release Tuesday of the new Star Wars droids forever stamp, along with the cancellation of the postal carriers’ annual food drive, got Streator Postmaster Kim Donner thinking about a collaboration.

What resulted is an event 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Streator Eagle 6 Theater to support the Streatorland Food Pantry and celebrate Star Wars.

“When I saw the release of the stamp coming in May, I knew the perfect place to have a fun event for the community would be the Streator Eagle 6,” Donner said. “I know that COVID has affected their business, and I wanted to be able to help them, also May 8 is typically the annual letter carrier food drive that the Postal Service sponsors. Due to COVID, the food drive is cancelled again this year.”

Streator post office employees donated Star Wars themed items, including sheets of stamps, to raffle off with a tip board on Saturday at the Streator Eagle 6 event. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the food pantry. Donner will be at the theater Saturday selling chances to win the raffle items, as well as Stars Wars droids stamps.

Streator Eagle 6 and its General Manager Rachel Rapson also wanted to help the food pantry.

Anyone who brings in a boxed or canned non-expired food item on Saturday will get a free junior popcorn. Also, anyone that comes dressed in a Star Wars costume will receive a free junior popcorn.

“I wanted to tie in this date to also help the Streatorland Food Panty,” Donner said. “I contacted Jen Falk of the Streatorland Food Pantry and they are very appreciative of this event.”

The new Star Wars Droids Forever stamp was released on May 4, also known as Star Wars Day, playing off the Star Wars quote “May the force be with you,” with the adaptation “May the fourth be with you.”

The Star Wars droids were selected to be featured on a stamp, because they are a nod to the commitment of Lucasfilm and its parent company, Disney, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and the continued collaboration between the “Star Wars: Force for Change” philanthropic initiative and global preK-12 nonprofit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), according to the U.S. Postal Service.

“Star Wars: Force for Change” and FIRST are working together to expand access to STEM learning to inspire more young people around the world, and to help them envision a brighter, more inclusive future, the postal service said.

Featured in a pane of 20 stamps, and arranged in staggered, horizontal rows, the stamps vary in size and depict 10 of the more well-known droids in the “Star Wars” universe- IG-11, R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, a 2-1B surgical droid, a GNK, or Gonk, power droid, C-3P0 and C1-10P, otherwise known as Chopper. Lucasfilm, the studio that created the “Star Wars” franchise, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. The “Star Wars” droids-inspired stamps are being issued as Forever stamps, which will always be equal in value to the current First Class Mail 1 ounce price.

“I hope there is a big turn out for this event,” Donner said. “It will be exciting to see people dressed in Star Wars costumes and have a fun day at Streator Eagle 6.”

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.