About Gamers Charity
The Gamers Charity project is focused on helping the victims of the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami by using online auctions to convert virtual goods into donations.
A massive undersea earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, generating a tsunami and becoming one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. Hundreds of thousands of people died as a result of the tsunami. The plight of this tragedy prompted a widespread humanitarian response.
Crazy Joe wanted to help, and came up with a plan. A long-time player of Ultima Online, a "massively multi-player online game," he began soliciting in-game virtual gold and item donations from other players, auctioning the donations on eBay, and turning over the proceeds to the American Red Cross. Receiving far more donations than expected, Crazy Joe's efforts quickly gained the attention of a number of internet gaming news sites and was spotlighted at MSNBC TV.
In the first week of February 2005, Gamers Charity surpassed two significant milestones: collection of 1 billion Ultima Online gold coins and donations exceeding $10,000 U.S. dollars. In celebration of this achievement, Crazy Joe shaved his head.
Donations to Gamers Charity are converted into donations to the American Red Cross. You can help in one of the following ways:
- Donate your in-game Ultima Online gold or goods to us.
- Bid on our eBay auctions.
- Donate directly to us with PayPal.
Also, Crazy Joe has collected some miscellaneous "legal notes" for you, including tidbits on eBay, MissionFish, PayPal, and their various fees.
Gamers Charity isn't a one man operation, and a number of people have directly contributed, and continue to contribute, to its success.
Crazy Joe is our founder and the primary workhorse of the operation. Also, if you donate something to us in Ultima Online, it's probably Crazy Joe that will be picking it up (if not Brekee).
We thank beans for setting up the original web site template. Three cheers for Brekee for spending so much time converting all the related data from CrazyJoe.US to GamersCharity.com, among all the other efforts she helps with. We salute Jynx for quickly creating some snazzy banners and artwork. And a hearty handshake goes to Sannio for the site's redesign and updates.