Charities benefiting from some Pokemon Go players

GREENVILLE. N.C. (WNCT) — As they hysteria around the game Pokemon Go continues, some are using their gaming for good. Pokemon Go players are connecting to other apps before starting their hunt to help various charities.

From St. Jude Research Hospital to Wounded Warriors and various other organizations, the players are getting connected through an app called Charity Miles. By launching the application before the game, it keeps track of your steps and corporate sponsors donate money to the charity you select. Players in Greenville say they hope the habit catches on.

“Not only are you going to your friend saying, ‘Hey here’s the Pokemon I caught,” Pokemon Go player Adam Peacock says. “But when you’re done at the end of the day, you can say, ‘Hey look how long I walked for and now those miles are going to the charity that I selected.'”

Players can keep track of how many miles they have contributed to the cause on the app. With some players taking more than 30,000 steps per day, that could mean some big bucks for the different organizations. Some plays say this just increases their love of the game.

Peacock is hoping to join forces with other Pokemon Go players this Sunday in Uptown Greenville to raise even more money for charity. Even if you’re not a Pokemon Go player, you can still utilize the Charity Miles app while walking or working out to help the charity of your choice. To learn more, click here.

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