Chris Rankin Unveils Elf Attire to Help Foster and Adoptive Families!
Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) is donning a pair of elf ears for a good cause, and it just so happens to be one that is near and dear to his heart! While the Harry Potter actor isn’t the latest member of SPEW, Rankin is, instead, asking fans to support foster and adoptive families through the non-profit program Transfiguring Adoption. (In 2016, MuggleNet interviewed Transfiguring Adoption co-founder Darren Fink, who spoke about the program and its origins with his own family.)
Rankin, who was adopted as an infant, was joined by his girlfriend, Vanessa Beecroft, in a video unveiling of Transfiguring Adoption’s Elf Squad Kits, which are full of merchandise for members of Transfiguring Adoption’s Elf Squad. The Elf Squad started as a grassroots movement of Harry Potter fans to complete projects that benefit foster and adoptive families. One of last year’s projects was a nightlight collection drive, helping foster agencies to provide nightlights to children with night terrors.
Darren Fink discussed how the nightlight drive positively impacted one teenager in particular.
Transfiguring Adoption actually received an email shortly following the nightlight drive. A foster mom explained that she [had] just had a teenage boy move into her home. He was embarrassed close to bedtime to tell his new foster mom that he was afraid of the dark. Because of the nightlight donation she received, she was able to quickly assure him not to be embarrassed and that a group of people who cared about him wanted his room to have a nightlight to help him feel safe in a new home. Our Elf Squad made that boy feel ‘normal’ that night and helped him to sleep during the first night, a rough situation. That’s powerful.
Rankin additionally expressed his support for Transfiguring Adoption.
They are amazing people doing amazing things, and I’m sure you are able to help them in some shape, way, or form. Become a member of the Elf Squad. It is a great cause to be a part of.
If you are interested in becoming members of the Elf Squad, you can purchase your own membership kit from the Transfiguring Adoption store. Transfiguring Adoption is also looking for those interested in starting local chapters of the Elf Squad, and an application to do so can be found here.
You can watch Rankin’s video and read the full press release from Transfiguring Adoption below!