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Portland Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds of Food for Homeless

The Portland, Oregon gamer community PDXLAN donated 37,500 lbs of food to a local charity to feed the homeless. The gamers hold parties three times a year where people from all over the country gather to game in real life.  The meet-ups involve a charitable aspect, raising funds for groups American Red Cross, Smile Train and Child’s Play. For the most recent meet-up held the weekend before Thanksgiving, PDXLAN and their friends, who had done food drives over the past seven years, scored over 17 tons of food collected in 48 hours. 

Battlefield 4 was one of the more popular games played, and the game’s manufacturer, Electronic Arts, aka EA, sponsored B4 gamers who donated 50 lbs of food. Metro Last Light and NVIDIA promised each attendee a copy of Metro Last Light if donations surpassed 20,000 lbs.

Matt Conwell, the group’s spokesman, said:

As a community we really want to give back. We want to show that gamers are good people who do good things.

And that they are not just a bunch of kids who live in mom’s basement. As PDXLAN’s website points out:

Doctors, Lawyers, micro-chip designers, school teachers, professors, farmers, students, IT-specialists, pharmacists, web-programers, and stay at home moms – gaming is something that transcends age groups, social groups, education levels, economic classes, and gender. Video gaming is a larger industry than all the Hollywood blockbuster films combined each year.

The food went to the Union Gospel Mission in Portland.

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Portland Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds of Food for Homeless

The Portland, Oregon gamer community PDXLAN donated 37,500 lbs of food to a local charity to feed the homeless. The gamers hold parties three times a year where people from all over the country gather to game in real life.  The meet-ups involve a charitable aspect, raising funds for groups American Red Cross, Smile Train and Child’s Play. For the most recent meet-up held the weekend before Thanksgiving, PDXLAN and their friends, who have done food drives over the past seven years, scored over 17 tons of food collected in 48 hours. 

Battlefield 4 was one of the more popular games played, and the game’s manufacturer, Electronic Arts, aka EA, sponsored B4 gamers who donated 50 lbs of food. Metro Last Light and NVIDIA promised each attendee a copy of Metro Last Light if donations surpassed 20,000 lbs.

Matt Conwell, the group’s spokesman, said:

As a community we really want to give back. We want to show that gamers are good people who do good things.

And that they are not just a bunch of kids who live in mom’s basement. As PDXLAN’s website points out:

Doctors, Lawyers, micro-chip designers, school teachers, professors, farmers, students, IT-specialists, pharmacists, web-programers, and stay at home moms – gaming is something that transcends age groups, social groups, education levels, economic classes, and gender. Video gaming is a larger industry than all the Hollywood blockbuster films combined each year.

The food went to the Union Gospel Mission in Portland.

 

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Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.