Jason Voorhees is probably the very last person anyone would think of when it comes to charity fundraising. But the man with the hockey mask and a machete to grind is helping raise money for Toys For Toys this Halloween season.
TV Store Online.com, a popular internet costume retailer based just outside of Detroit, Michigan has put together a collection of horror movie actors from the Jason Voorhees film franchise, Friday The 13th, as well as several well known special effects film artists from the hit SyFy Channel television series Face Off to help them raise funds this Halloween season for children in need via the Toys For Tots charity organization.
"We think it's important to give back," says TV Store Online CEO Fred Hajjar. "Most of our business comes to us during the Halloween season and so we thought that there would be no better time for us to put together a fundraiser for the kids," mentions Hajjar. That's where Jason Voorhees comes in.
Special Effects artists from the SyFy Channel show Face Off as well as several cast members from the Friday The 13th movies themselves were each sent a Jason hockey mask and asked to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of Jason inspired art with the mask. At the end of October TV Store will be auctioning the masks off on Ebay and all proceeds from the charity auction will be going directly to Toys For Tots.
"We're hoping that fans of the F13 film franchise and of the show Face Off really rise to the occasion to help us raise funds for Toys," urges Hajjar. "Each Jason mask completed by the artists and actors will be put up on Ebay with several photographs of the masks in different stages of their design. Many of the artists and actors have signed their masks and some have even created multiple designs as well. Most everyone taking part will have signed their masks and taken photos of them as well for the auction."
Artists taking part in the TV Store Online.com charity fundraiser include SyFy Channel Face Off contestants: Roy Wooley, Derek Garcia, Tommy Pietch, Tom Devlin, Beki Ingram and RJ Haddy. The actors that have played Jason Voorhees himself are also designing masks to raise money this Halloween. Actor and Stuntman Steven Dash who wore the Jason mask in Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981) as well as the first actor to play Jason Voorhees, Ari Lehman, are also involved with TV Store Online for the project.
For more information on the TV Store Online 'Design A Jason Hockey Mask' charity fundraiser please visit their official blog HERE. The Jason masks done for the fundraiser will be hitting Ebay at the end of October.