GameStop aiming to raise $500,000 for childhood cancer research

Retailer announces partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help raise money for cancer research.

GameStop is likely to see a surge in revenue during the holiday shopping season, but the retailer is also planning to give back.

GameStop today announced a partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a goal to raise at least $500,000 for the annual Thanks & Giving campaign.

The effort raises funds for children battling childhood cancer and other diseases. Almost a decade after its inception, the Thanks & Giving campaign has raised over $387 million. 2013 marks the first year that GameStop is participating.

"Being a father of six children, I can honestly say that the work St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is doing is nothing short of miraculous," GameStop president Tony Bartel said in a statement. "I have no doubt that we will exceed our goal this year and I'm looking forward to a long and successful partnership with St. Jude."

GameStop customers can support the Thanks & Giving campaign beginning November 6 by donating $1 to children at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the point of sale. The campaign runs through December 24.

GameStop is one of numerous retail partners for the 2013 Thanks & Giving campaign. Others include Best Buy, Target, Coca-Cola, and Dick's Sporting Goods, among others.

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32 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

Seriously, Gamespot and Gamestop are way too similar by name and I get them mixed up all the time. I am sure I'm not the only one. Just please don't think they are the same when it comes to business practices. Fucking greedy ass Gamestop. And there ain't no way to tell where these funds actually go. Just assume most aren't going where you want them to go.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Just make sure you don't get hacked. There are lots of assholes out there willing to do things like that.

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

That's it? 500K? Doesn't GameStop make hundreds of millions of dollars a year? What a bunch of chumps. Don't donate through them, just give directly as others have said. Don't let them get credit for your donation.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Girl with the Santa Hat: "We totally should have rostered more staff".

dolchi21
dolchi21

... to make cancer more powerful



:P

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

If anyone wants to help cancer research just donate directly, they'll be happy with anything you can give. Don't offer these douches the possibility of exploiting you further. (For some reason I can't edit my original post, site must have bugged out)

adrianjarca
adrianjarca

Oh look one of the richest companies in the US (who also pays it employees shit but has the best payed CEO in retail) wants to RAISE money (as in not give a single dime) for donations. Pathetic PR stunts like this make me vomit.

If you really want to help just give the money away Gamestop, don't attempt to exploit your customer-base even further.

Some suit at Gamestop probably saw the success events like Extra-Life enjoyed and decided they want to get a slice of the "good-guy pie" even though the Extra-Life teams actually did something to help the children rather than just wait for their customers to shell out even more money (of which only a part will reach the beneficiary, the rest will commandeered by desperate employees who failed to make their daily quota and are afraid of getting fired).

R083R70
R083R70

If they cared enough they could just give them the money, probably could afford a lot more then $500,000 too, that would certainly help public opinion more than this seemingly insincere stunt.


If I'm wrong Gamestop heads that organized are genuine I am sorry, but asking others to give the money instead of you just directly contributing still rubs me the wrong way.

shreddyz
shreddyz

A lot of hispanics in there. Must be LA

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Unfortunate that these things are done as publicity stunts and advertising to get people to shop at their store and think it is for a good cause. If they truly cared about charity for the good of others they would just donate and not have people need to come into their stores and give them money.

shreddyz
shreddyz

what the f**k? the store is putting out boxes for people to donate. What is the store donating?...that's too funny.

Jasbro
Jasbro

He has 6 kids but it still took him a decade to consider giving money, not his money mind you because well he has 6 kids to feed, but customers money to the charity that helps sick kids.

 No were in that article did i see that Gamestop is donating any money to the charity, but they will infact just have some donation jar/box next to the cash register for customer to give their money towards.


Awesome work Gamestop keep it up.

Makoto03
Makoto03

Gamestop helping a charity? But the internet told me that Gamestop was the devil. :(

cavs25
cavs25

Out of every $1 you donate 15 cents actually go to cancer research.  There are better charities out there for those who want to give.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Just donate the money yourselves gamestop.

Gegglington
Gegglington

why dont gamestop just give em the cash

noandno
noandno

I thought it was Gamespot who is raising money for cancer

Damn my eyes

clr84651
clr84651

How about raising money for all cancer research? My doctor says they cure way more children of cancer because they can hit them harder with chemo and radiation because they are still growing and their bodies are more regenerative than adults. It's sad to hear of a mother of 4 dying of pancreatic cancer at the age of 27. All 4 children are now growing up without a mother. Many more adults die each year of cancer than do children. 

uncha1n3d
uncha1n3d

Gamestop: Is there anything coming out that you would like to preorder?

Me: No Thanks

Gamestop: You sure? #### and #### is coming out soon

Me: I'm sure thanks

Gamestop: Would you like to add a disc replacement plan to your game?

Me: NO

Gamestop: Would you like to donate to cancer research?

Seriously. Does Gamestop need to ask us gamers any more damn questions?

atlanticmoon
atlanticmoon

Nice of them to raise the money for research and not awareness. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@snacky_smorez Hundreds of millions, LOL. If they made that much, they would be able to put up a much better "new" site.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@adrianjarca They only give you a 5 minute window to edit. So maybe you waited a bit too long. Either way, it should be longer.

Chaz456
Chaz456

@kopykat81 Ha. It only took 7 comments for someone to troll this article. Gotta love the Gamespot community.

phoenix1289
phoenix1289

@uncha1n3d Sounds like you just have bad gamestop cashiers. The ones at the stores I usually go to never ask that many questions. They do occasionally ask if I would like to pre-order anything or mention a game thats coming out but if I reply no thank you they leave it there. And I'm not just talking one gamestop. I am talking about every gamestop I have visited since I started playing video games (about 20-25 different stores) aside from one, and in that case they completely ignored me.

mbiogirl
mbiogirl

@atlanticmoon If you're not being sarcastic (can't tell over the internet, sorry), I agree. While awareness is important, us scientists are getting our butts kicked when it comes to funding right now, thanks to the circus in Congress.  At the rate we're going private and non-profit funding sources are going to be our only reliable means of keeping our research going, even though scientific research contributes in several major ways to society.  Kudos to Gamestop for doing this.