It’s #GivingTuesday, a time after the glut of consumerism that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday to look outward to the less fortunate and figure out how you can help. As gamers, we’re incredibly blessed to be able to lazily kick back and engage in such a frivolous hobby — typically benefitting the player as stress relief, escapism, or just pure entertainment. But gamers are also a generous bunch, as was evidenced just last month as they raised nearly $4 Million for Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network charity.
This got me thinking, “What can I do to give back?” I don’t have much money to donate to charity, but with the holidays coming up, and as a gamer blessed with an over-abundance of interactive entertainment already, it became apparent what I should do. Instead of asking for that hot new Xbox One, Playstation 4, or stack of games I’ve been wanting to play, I’m going to ask my family to instead donate the money they would have used on the aforementioned. Particularly, I want to help those in the Philippines that were so devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last month, and will do so by donating to Care.org, which is providing emergency relief to the millions of victims there.
So, I implore you, my fellow gamers, to do what you can to help where you feel it is most needed. Pick a charity and ask your family to redirect some of their holiday funds there. Maybe that means just one less game or present under the tree this year, but that can be transformed into some real aid for someone who is suffering.
If you’re with me, spread the word:
— Chris Robertson (@southerngamer) December 3, 2013