Game drive for charity

I’m interrupting my usual gushing about things I like (minis, books, games, etc.) and complaining about things I don’t like (everything else) to post an appeal for used games for a charitable cause. The following was posted on a local meet-up site, and while I haven’t asked for permission to re-post it, I hope no one will complain.  I know a few of the readers of my blog are in the northeast Ohio area.  So, if you are in the area (or if you’re a real philanthropist and feel like sending them in), here’s a call for gently used games for families at an area shelter: [Or: maybe you could organize something like this in your area!]

Hail fellow Gamers. I’m contacting you with news of our first philanthropic event. We (NCG Penn-Ohio) are holding a game drive to help the Mahoning Valley Rescue Mission accumulate a library of games for use by their sheltered families. These games can range from classics like Checkers or Stratego to more niche games such as Carcassone or Revolution. Their only requests are that the games not be too dark or violent, as well as being self contained in a single box as storage is an issue. An additional request from those of us in the staff is that the games be either new or like new, as old, used games would take far too much time to confirm appropriate condition.

This drive comes at a very appropriate time for these sheltered families. With the sun coming out many of the children living there want to play, but the Mission doesn’t yet have a safe place for them to play outside. Currently, the families only have television and puzzles to fill their free time. These games will go a long way to help build bonds between families, and entertain children in need.

The drive will be held from this Sunday, May 29th, through June 12th. Games can be turned in at the donation boxes that will soon be up at both All-American Cards & Comics locations:

Boardman Store
1295 Boardman Canfield Road
Boardman, OH 44512

Warren Store
161 W Market St.
Warren, OH 44481

For any further information or concerns, you can reach me through our site, or simply post in response on this thread. I hope that we can all band together, and help share our love for tabletop games with those who are truely in need. If things go well, this game drive may become an annual event, with each year bringing a game library to a different group in need.

Best regards,
-Daniel Denehy-
Assistant Organizer
North Coast Gamers Penn-Ohio Chapter

John Hazen
North Coast Gamers Penn-Ohio Chapter

Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 9:12 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. For those of us who live outside the area, can we send monetary donations?

    • Laura, that is very generous! I passed your email address on to John (via the message board) and he should be contacting you.

  2. HI All,

    I just wanted to say that being far away I won’t be able to send games to these gfamilies, but I wanted to express my thoughts for them. Here in Japan we are going through a similar situation since last March’s erathquacke. So all my thoughts to all teh people in the 2 countries that lost everything to a natural disaster.

    God Bless


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