Zynga raises almost 1 million for Haiti Relief Fund from FarmVille players

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Zynga, the developers of FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has already raised over $900,000 dollars with the help of FarmVille players for the earthquake victims of Haiti. Great work FarmVille Freaks!!!

FarmVille made a special announcement to FarmVille players on Monday night, 01.18.10:

"Wow! We're humbled by your generosity. Y'all have contributed over $900,000 to the Zynga Haiti Relief Fund! If we can exceed $1 million in donations before 11:59 pm PT Tuesday, we'll give all Farmers a surprise! It's your last chance – so head to your farm and purchase some White Corn!" (FarmVille)

The purchase of virtual goods that includes White Corn seeds for FarmVille and Haitian drums for Mafia Wars are bought with real cash in which Zynga is donating 100% of proceeds to The World Food Program for the Haiti Relief Fund.
Prior to the earthquake in Port a Prince, Haiti, Zynga had already established a special relationship with the country of Haiti when it started the first Sweet Seeds for Haiti campaign on October 1st 2009 by reaching out to FarmVille players and bringing awareness to the poverty in Haiti. Over 1.2 million was raised with past contributions. With the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti, many of Zynga's FarmVille players were hoping that another campaign effort would take place as they were eager to support Haitian relief efforts.

The Sweet Seeds for Haiti – Haiti Relief Fund is represented with White Corn seeds in FarmVille. The seeds have only been available to FarmVille players since Friday, January 15th 2010 and the response has been overwhelming. Please consider donating if you already play FarmVille and are interested in helping the people of Haiti. The White Corn seeds will be available to purchase in the FarmVille Market until Friday, January 22nd, one week from their debut.

If you would like to support the Haitian Relief efforts and donate in another way, here are some additional resources:

Using Cellphone & Text Messaging: Another reputable organization Yele.org, founded by singer Wyclef Jean, is donating 100% of proceeds to Haiti. You may donate here by using your cellphone to text the word "YELE" to numbers 501501, each text will donate $5 USD.

Link: http://www.yele.org/donation/

For USA and international monetary donations: If you would like to donate money directly and NOT purchase the Sweet Seeds for Haiti with farm cash, you may do so here through Zynga's campaign with World Food Program :

Link: https://www.wfp.org/donate/zynga

Coinstar & Rixty.com: Do you want to help Haiti but don't have a Credit Card to buy FV$? FarmVille Freak "DarkFarmer" suggests donating spare change using CoinStar and Rixty.com to purchase farm cash. For Farmville players in the US, all it takes is a handful of coins and a trip to the grocery store. You only need $5 in coins to purchase enough FV$ to donate to Sweet Seeds for Haiti. Here's how it works:

  • 1. Pack up your coins visit your local grocery store with a Coinstar machine.
  • 2. When choosing how to redeem your coins, be sure and select the egiftcertificate option.
  • 3. Choose Rixty.com as your gift certficate choice
  • 4. Redeem your coins for a Rixty code (There's no coin counting fee with this option!)
  • 5. Take your Rixty gift certificate code (On your receipt) and enter it at www.rixty.com
  • 6. Go to Farmville, choose add coins & FV cash and select Rixty as your payment option.
This story originally appeared on FarmVille Freak.
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