One of the many reasons I love my job is because of the people I get to meet in the community.
Recently, I have been communicating with Charles Bell, founder of Game Warriors: Gaming for a Cause; and have added him to my list of people that make our community strong. Charles founded an organization, which is seeking non-profit status, that I feel will help promote the caring and supportive attitude for which Minden is known.
My generation is often looked at as the "Now" generation – selfish, lacking patience and determination. Charles's efforts to start a non-profit, which raises awareness of various issues and funds for other non-profits, is the type of out-reach young people are looking for.
Charles has taken negative circumstances he has been through and has turned them into positives, not only for himself, but also for non-profits and our community.
His goals of "putting the fun back into fundraising," and educating tournament goers of social issues, are the perfect match for a not only the "gamer" community, but for us all.
With innovative thinkers like Charles, who has matched video games with fundraising, our community is stronger. Having a community of youth and young adults who have empathy for others means our community will continue to be a place where people are loving and supportive for many years to come.
Even though I do not play video games, my family and I will attend the tournament Saturday, to buy a lunch plate and support Game Warriors, RAAIN (which this tournament is benefiting), and the future of Minden.
Jeri Bloxom is the Education Reporter and Community Editor of the Minden Press-Herald.