9 November, 2009
The holiday season is often seen as a time for giving. (Or, for some, a time to grind out some achievements to get a special flying mount. Those people are weird.) A few of us MMO bloggers decided to get together and encourage our readers to make some charitable donations to worthy causes.
Read on if you want to know what a bunch of MMO developers think are good causes to support. No, it won't be a Cheetos and Mountain Dew fund for us. :P
The original game-related holiday charity is, of course, Penny Arcade's Child's Play. They collect donations to use to buy toys, games, books, and make cash donations to children's hospitals. Sometimes life may seem unfair to us, but is your life really as bad as a child sick in the hospital during the holidays? If we can't use the power of games to cheer up a kid in a situation like that, then perhaps we truly are wasting our time with silliness.
And, here is my promise to you: you don't have to buy some vanity pet for us to give half of the money to charity. Sorry, you won't get a panda to remind you how awesome you are, but perhaps knowing some kid's day will be a bit brighter will help you out. You can click on the image below and give as much as you want via PayPal and it will all go directly to the Charity.
If that didn't pull your heartstrings enough, I'd like to mention another charity that I think is worthwhile. Long time readers of the blog know that I'm a big softy when it comes to my cats. While I miss my fuzzy ones, some cats aren't so lucky to have long and healthy lives. A lot of animals are destroyed because they cannot be cared for. Tabby's Place takes care of special needs cats and tries to find homes for them. It may seem a bit silly in this day and age when people worry about health care in the U.S. to be spending money on cats, but I think any undue suffering should be addressed.
For her birthday my better half decided to sponsor one of the cats at Tabby's Place. A small monthly donation, less the the cost of eating out one evening, and a cat is cared for by people who care. I encourage you to take a look at the donations page and see if you can do something to help them out. Update: You can also click on the widget below to donate money directly to Tabby's Place.
(Note: it shows my email address there but, as I said above, I get no part of the donation.)
There are a lot of worthy charities out there. I encourage you to get involved and help others, even beyond the holiday season. Go visit some of the other bloggers and see what charities they support. Perhaps take a look at some of their other work and see if they don't also deserve a place on your RSS list.
- Ferrel over at Epic Slant
- Ysharros over at Stylish Corpse
- Spinks over at Spinksville
- Slurms over at MultiPlaying
- Stabs over at Stabbed Up
- Syp over at Bio Break
- Ardua over at Echoes of Nonsense
- Youngblood from Incoming Pull