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We Can Be Heroes

A Whole Bunch of Charitable Causes For Gamers (And Those Who Love Them)

I’m a secular sort, but one thing my religious friends and I agree on is that this time of year is all about doing good. Doing good for your family, doing good for yourself, and, if you can, doing good for strangers in need. There’s something especially encouraging about giving back as part of a community, so today, I’m rounding up a few ways for gamers to pitch in.

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Excelsior!

Tom Hiddleston Illustrated Loki’s Horns And You Can Bid On Them For Charity

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess Tom Hiddleston isn’t an artist. I will go further out on that limb and say fans will bid on anything he’s touched. Empire Magazine are auctioning off this doodle and signature from the Thor: The Dark World actor. They write, “drawn by Mr. Hiddleston himself at the Thor press conference in 2011. We’ve had it for a while, and finally figured we should auction it off for charity.” The proceeds of the sale will go to UNICEF UK and you have nine days to bid on Ebay for it. Just FYI, it’s already sitting around $730.

(via Empire)

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Today in Awesome

Nerd Celebrities Show Off Their Pets In Charity Calendar [VIDEO]

Anne Wheaton, wife of nerdlebrity Wil Wheaton, has put together a special project right up our alley – it combines nerds and adopted animals! Donate a minimum of $40 on their Wiggle Waggle Walk page (it’s tax-deductable) and a calendar featuring the likes of Felicia Day, DC’s Geoff Johns, Phil Lamarr, and more will be mailed to you along with your reciept. All funds donated will go to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Supplies are limited, so act fast!

(via Wil Wheaton)

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And All Was Right With the World

RAINN Indiegogo Campaign Works to Raise Money for Victims of Sexual Violence

Last week we reported on the offensive dating guide Kickstarter Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome with Women, and how it encouraged sexual violence in it’s advice on how to interact with women.  Since then, Kickstarter has apologized, banned relationship guide campaigns from using their service, taken the Above the Game campaign off their website, and donated $25,000 to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).  While Kickstarter initially took some time to come to the decision to remedy the problem, and ultimately missed the window to cancel the project, their apology, which you can see here, was quite fitting and, most importantly, drew attention to a way to combat the actions the guide promotes.  Now RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States, has started an Indiegogo campaign, Turn Outrage into Action by Fighting Sexual Violence , to directly combat the Above the Game campaign.

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May The Force Be With You

Star Wars Fans Unite For Charity Once Again With Course Of The Force [VIDEO]

Last year, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries joined forces (ha!) with Lucasfilm and Comic-Con International in San Diego for a lightsaber relay race to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Guess what? They’re back for Episode II. Although technically, this is episode one…of their webseries to promote the project. Thinking of joining? “The cost of registration is $150, which includes a customized Hasbro lightsaber, exclusive Course of the Force swag bag and the experience of a lifetime.” Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter and find out more at the official website.

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eye candy

James Hance Paints Firefly in Twenty Four Hours

Artist James Hance took it upon himself recently to paint a portrait of each member of the crew of the Serenity during a single twenty-four hour period, and succeeded. Even more impressively, he’ll be donating each original painting to Firefly themed charity group Can’t Stop the Serenity, for their annual auction to benefit Equality Now.

Prints will be available for anybody unable to get their hands on the originals, with a portion of the proceeds also going to Equality Now, so come on in and take a look at the rest of them.

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I Guess I Can't Argue With That

That $4 Billion Disney Is Paying George Lucas? Most Of It Is Going To Charity.

You might have heard the recent news of Walt Disney purchasing LucasFilm for $4 billion and thought, “Doesn’t George Lucas have enough money already?” And yes, he does. So he’s giving a major portion of the money to charity. But which one? 

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We Can Be Heroes

Window Washers At Children’s Hospital Change Into Superheroes To Surprise Young Patients

Employees from the American National Skyline company had a little fun with their job recently. The crew at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee donned superhero costumes to surprise patients. Hit the jump to check out one more shot of the window washers as Marvel characters. 

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We Can Be Heroes

Celebrate Superhero Weekend And Help Domestic Violence Shelters

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but did you know it’s also Domestic Violence Awareness Month? One comic shop in New Jersey is raising money during an event they’ve dubbed “Superhero Weekend” to raise money for a local women’s shelter this Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be auctioning off comic book art, featuring artists, holding costume contests and more! The best part is, you don’t have to live in the Garden State in order to help. 

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Barefoot Runner Treks Across America To Raise Money For Needy Children

Rae Heim isn’t your average athlete: she runs totally barefoot, claiming that it’s far more natural than running with shoes. Oh, yeah, and she’s running across America, too.

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