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Kelowna streamer is donating 5 cents to food bank for every share he receives this month

Kelowna resident Dylan St. Onge will be donating five cents for every share he receives during April, 2020.
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April 08, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A Kelowna streamer is donating money to the Central Okanagan Food Bank every time someone shares a post from his Facebook page in April.

Dylan St. Onge is new to the streaming world, but not new to the world of video games. He began streaming on Dec. 23, 2019 on Facebook through his platform Destination Gaming TV, playing first-person shooters like Call of Duty, battle royales like Fortnite, and horror series like Resident Evil, just "for fun," he said.

“I always liked meeting new people and the community feel of it,” he said. “Playing horror games by myself is not ideal.”

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Some of his Facebook videos have gathered more than 1,500 views. His Central Okanagan Food Bank announcement has been seen more than 5,000 times. With Facebook, his audience has to use their own names, so the interactions feel more genuine, he said.

As he’s working full time at a local bank, he decided to donate five cents for every share he gets as a way to support the community.

St. Onge believes more people are interacting with him online during the COVID-19 pandemic because they’re at home.

“It’s somewhere where they can forget and release and just come say ‘hi’ and be greeted by other people… imagine watching Big Brother but you can actually talk to the houseguests live while they’re playing the game,” he said. "I like meeting new people and bringing that positivity."

And it’s not just streaming. With nothing to do, he thinks there are a lot more people looking for that escape.

“It might not be gaming in their normal lives, but when you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, you try some pretty weird stuff,” he said.

Call of Duty recently released Warzone, and it has more than 30 million players, he said. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was released March 20, is also attracting attention, as millions of people are meeting up virtually to celebrate birthdays, interior decorate and relax on an almost deserted island, according to VOX.

Pokemon Go, which is normally intended for outdoor use, has adapted to provide players with an experience from their homes.

Typically, the app encourages fans to walk around in order to find Pokemon, but now players are able to find Pokemon without having to move, according to Forbes.

Even provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry endorsed playing video games during the pandemic.

“It’s incredible import for us right now to maintain strong social connections from a distance. It’s one of the best ways we can take care of ourselves in our families and in our communities and there’s a lot of examples that I’ve been seeing over the last few weeks and days and the things that make me smile,” she said during a press conference, April 1.

She said even evening teenage gaming marathons are keeping people together too.

Stay updated with St. Onge through his Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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