My name is Fenway Jones, and I am one of the head organizers for Jasper’s Game Day. Jasper’s Game Day all started as an idea for a one-year event. My dad and I organized it all, not expecting how well it would be received by everyone. Wizards of the Coast contacted us and said that we should continue what we were doing and would use their influence to help many more people.
I had lost 2 friends close to me, in the span of 10 months, to suicide. Everyone that knew them were affected. This pain is what Jasper’s Game Day is about preventing. This upcoming year will be much larger than we had originally expected, but will be lots of fun! We are going to be making it a competition between stores all around the world. every single penny will be donated to a local crisis center. That’s right, I said local. Each store, after they sign up and chose to participate, will be paired up with the closest crisis center to them. This year there will also be online games going on, along with raffles, silent auctions and much more. You can feel great about helping an amazing cause, as well.
“Nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016—more than twice the number of homicides—making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death,” according to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s even scarier? That rate rose in 2017 and continues to rise in 2018. Be a part of something, and help your community.