Individuals give more than $250 billion to charitable organizations every year, proving how generous humans actually are. Omaze is an incredible organization that helps people find charities they support, with the chance of experiencing a life-changing opportunity for themselves as well. Recently, the folks at Omaze reached out to some previous donors to tell them about a new once-in-a-lifetime experience. What started out as an ordinary Skype call took on an extraordinary twist when Harrison Ford, who plays the iconic Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, appeared on the screen.
Because the Star Wars universe has become a bonafide global phenomenon since its premiere in 1977 and the people contacted by Omaze are all huge fans. When they saw the face of someone they've idolized for most of their lives, they all totally lost it in the best possible way.
One man, wearing a Han Solo shirt (luckily enough) couldn't contain himself, screaming and clapping with excitement. A woman laughed whole-heartedly when Ford asked her if the framed picture of Chewbacca was her boyfriend. Another lady covered her face in disbelief after seeing Ford, as she had just revealed her favorite character to be Padme Amidala, played by Natalie Portman, and not Han Solo (whoops!).
Once they finally regained their composure, Ford told them about the amazing partnership between Omaze and Star Wars.
Donations made to Omaze will enter the donor into a contest that has some seriously extraordinary stakes. There will be two grand prizes for the ultimate Star Wars experience. Not only will they receive four tickets to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but they'll also get to walk the red carpet and meet the cast, just like a celebrity. Flights and hotel costs are covered for the winner. The more that is donated, the more chances for someone to win!
The money collected will be divided among 15 charities selected by the movie's cast and crew, including the Malala Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, UNICEF, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and other worthy organizations. The charity selected by Harrison Ford is the fStop Warrior Project, which helps veterans transition to civilian life after their service.
Check out the Skype calls they'll remember forever here: