Featured Big Hearted Gamer: Basto Slice

We support the gamers who play games and volunteer for charity. BigHeartedGamers.com wants to recognize people who support their communities, locally or at large.

What was the game that turned you into a gamer?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

What video game charities do you play or volunteer for?

I play for AbleGamers and Child’s Play.

Do you volunteer or support any non-gaming charities?

I also support ALS and the Lupus Foundation.

What made you decide to play for charity?

My mom has an incurable disease. I’ve always felt helpless because I have always wanted to help her like she’s helped me. She worked 3 jobs as a single mother with this disease just to provide a life for us and I could pour my entire life into helping her and never be able to pay her back. When I first became a YouTuber I saw the amazing amounts of good some of the bigger YouTubers have been able to do. It really inspired me to want to make a difference in the world by helping as many people as possible.

How do you promote your campaigns?

I use Twitter, E-mail, Business Cards and working with larger YouTubers and streamers.

What are some of your most rewarding experiences in gaming for charity?

Seeing how these charities help these people feel like they are part of the crowd. Seeing how happy people are that they can now be and feel like everyone else in the gaming community and knowing I was a part of it is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever been able to feel.

What is your defining “Big Hearted Gaming” moment?

My very first Charity Livestream for the AbleGamers Foundation. It was my most successful charity event to date. I know I made so many people’s lives easier and I made so many amazing friends. After that charity event I immediately knew it was what I wanted to do for a living, being able to pull such an amazing community together to do unstoppable and amazing things for the world is the best thing I could ever think of.

What are some of your prominent successes or memories?

Beating the SNES Zelda when I was four years old!

Honestly though, my favorite memory and success was being able to go to PAX South, meeting the amazing people behind AbleGamers. Meeting with everyone like Markiplier, Lord Minion 777, Gassy Mexican, and just being able to see their support as well for these charities. Being able to see how much joy they bring to everyone they meet and seeing how accepting they are of all walks of life at all times. These guys and gals from the charity organizations and YouTube/Twitch have continued to inspire me to be a better person every single day.

Thank you Basto Slice! You can support Basto’s endeavors with gaming for charity on his official YouTube Page and Twitter.

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