Wilson siblings start nonprofit to recycle and donate video games and gaming systems
WILSON, NC (WNCN) – If your family has found new video games or game consoles under the Christmas tree, don’t get rid of your old ones. Some local brothers and sisters can put it to good use.
For some people this is rubbish, but for Elijah, Lydia and Bethany Denton old electronics are a chance to help someone else.
The siblings recently started a nonprofit called ReGame.
“The point of ReGame is to take old consoles, old games, old electronics and fix them and give them to someone who will use it,” said Elijah, 15. “The ‘Re’ in ReGame is to reduce, reuse, recycle, so that’s our mission.
Bethany, 11, explained that many of her friends never think about what happens to gaming systems after they’re done with them.
The siblings wanted to find a solution when they realized how much electronics Americans were throwing away. They say they are in the process of registering ReGame as a non-profit organization.
They accept various types of donated items.
“We have received games, consoles, electronics, tablets,” notes Lydia, 13.
“Most of the time they’re in great working order, they just need a little cleaning,” Elijah added. “In case they need to be fixed, we have a soldering iron and we have the tools to fix them ourselves.”
If you are wondering how middle school and high school kids know how to fix electronics, they say they learned online.
“There are a ton of YouTube tutorials out there and we actually have an engineer who is our friend down the road helping us out,” Elijah said.
Once the devices are like new or almost like new, siblings donate them to others.
“You can apply if you are a foster parent and want it for your foster kids, Ronald McDonald Houses, any place can apply to get them,” Lydia said.
If you would like to learn more about how to donate games or gaming systems, or how to request them, click here.