The year 2020 will go down in history books as one of the most trying and disappointing years of our century. However, despite the doom and gloom of a world crisis , complex elections and global warming, there were a few good things to come of it. A greater sense of community has been realised and we have achieved exemplary progress in medicine but these were not the only good things to happen. Casinos are traditionally viewed as a place for fun and where people lose wealth but the gaming industry has been giving back to communities for many years. Here’s what they did last year.
Many gaming corporations from all over the world have donated PPE (personal protective equipment) and other vital medical supplies to front line workers. An example of this is Encore Boston Harbour, which donated masks, sanitizer, gloves and other medical items to a local hospital and charities. Wynn Resorts also heeded the call for support by giving food, toilet paper, water, medical gowns, N95 masks and almost 50,000 surgical masks to a handful of nursing homes and charities.
In 2018, a category four hurricane, called Florence, struck the Carolinas and Virginia. The hurricane took a few weeks to subside, resulted in 53 fatalities and caused damages worth $24 billion. Residents were subject to mandatory evacuation which meant that thousands of people, and pets, were in dire need of shelter. The Ocean Resort Casino, in Atlantic City, opened its doors and provided 1,399 of their rooms to residents of the affected areas that were forced to evacuate. The complimentary stays were well-organized and even allowed evacuees to call ahead of their arrival and make a reservation.
Natural disasters are an inevitable part of life for many who look in regions that have been plagued by them for years. However, in 2018, a gas mains explosion resulted in the Encore Boston Harbour once again proving its philanthropic spirit by donating $100,000 to funds that would aid the temporarily homeless residents who were affected by the explosion. In addition, the Encore also shared that it had plans to invest more of its resources in the area by providing scholarships and job fairs to the youth of the area.
While PPE donations and thanksgiving parcels all made the headlines, big casino brands have been donating to struggling communities since the onset of the pandemic. A great example of this is MGM Resorts. The company itself had taken financial strain as a result of the pandemic but still donated 301,000 pounds of food to Las Vegas-based food banks. This equates to around 251,000 meals. In addition to this, the company donated to other food banks and pantries across the country. However, there have been many other similar donations from big names such as Caesars, Las Vegas Sands and Tribal.