PDXLAN is a Portland gamers group which holds parties once or twice a year to play games together on their laptops. These gaming parties can last for days and draw gamers from all over the country.
“PDXLAN decided years ago to leverage their influence in the gaming world to do good in the world,” the group writes on their website. The group has held a number of fundraisers over the years. To date, they have raised over $100,000 for groups such as the American Red Cross, Smile Train and Child’s Play. Seven years ago, they began their annual food drive, and it’s been quite successful: “We continue to break our own records each year because we are in competition with ourselves to do more good each year.”
The PDXLAN food drives have always seen a respectable turn-out, but this years’ broke records. When PDXLAN issued a challenge to its members to bring food to the next meet-up, they never expected the unprecedented donations that flowed in. About 500 gamers showed up for the event and brought a lot of food: over 37,500 pounds of food was collected in under 48 hours.
Matt Conwell, the group’s spokesman, told the sole reporter who covered the event:
“As a community we really want to give back. We want to show that gamers are good people who do good things.” He went on to say that the food will go to Union Gospel Mission, a Northwest charity that helps the homeless. “It was very heartwarming to see that we made a meaningful impact.”