‘Gaming for Good’ taps popularity of online game play

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting its Red Kettle campaign, The Salvation Army in Augusta, Georgia, was searching for fund-raising ideas for the new year.

“We said, OK, we’ve got to do something different,” said Derek Dugan, development director for the Augusta Area Command. “We thought, kids are home from school; they’re sitting playing video games online all day. Let’s get them to do something good – ‘Gaming for Good.’”

That became the theme of the Red Kettle Cup Charity Tournament, an online, multi-player competition unfolding over six weeks this winter: “Fortnite” on Jan. 2, 9 and 16, and “Rocket League” on Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6. The initiative makes use of the online gaming craze to benefit a charitable cause.

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