FarmVille recently introduced a new program called Sweet Seeds for Haiti, which allows users to purchase special seeds in return for donating to charity. Access to the new Sweet Corn seeds in the FarmVille marketplace will set you back 25, 55 or 240 FV bucks, but Zynga will donate 50% of Sweet Seeds proceeds to help needy Haitian children and families. The program has already raised more than $580,000 through two non-profits, fonkoze.org and fatem.org.
Donors get a one week permit to purchase Sweet Corn, which then costs 10 FV coins and sells for 125 FV coins. Sweet Corn harvests in 6 hours, earns 3 XP and never withers. Donors also receive a “one-of-a-kind” FarmVille gift.
Sweet Seeds for Haiti isn’t Zynga’s only effort to change the world through social gaming – Zynga.org is entirely focused on giving back. What they say: Social gaming can unleash the power to make a significant impact. With over 180 million players a month, the combined activities of users in a Zynga game can be astounding. Our mission at Zynga is to connect people through games in a way that is fun and exciting. With Zynga.org, we hope to empower players to change the world while they engage in an activity that brings meaning to those connections.
Earlier this year, Zynga’s YoVille Campaign contributed over $90,000 to the SF/SPCA, with money raised from selling virtual bulldogs and tabby cats. If you like the idea of giving through gaming, Pete’s Pets in YoVille still carries philanthropic pets, and you can snag some Sweet Seeds in FarmVille now.
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