Lots of casino players head onto the casino floor with dreams of popping a big jackpot. But in Lincoln, California, players walking through the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in December were more about making sure other people’s dreams come true.

It turns out the Thunder Valley Casino Resort broke the record for the largest amount of food collected. Along with Whitney Oaks Golf Club, Thunder Valley Casino Resort collected over 50,000 pounds of food. The previous record stood at 35,449 pounds.

The spirit of giving was also in full force at Harrington Raceway and Casino the day after Christmas. The Delaware casino took in 12,000 cans of food for the Food Bank of Delaware.

It’s nice to see casino players thinking of other people. In a world where news stories make us all think that humanity has taken a turn for the worst, watching people come together to support their community is extremely refreshing.

And it’s not just during the Christmas season that casinos strive to help their communities. Porterville’s Eagle Mountain Casino has just donated $10,000 in support of the Tule River Indian Reservation. The money will go into a scholarship program.

If you haven’t donated cans of goods to your local casino, don’t worry. You might already be helping – without even knowing. Many gaming commissions around North America put money taken in back into the communities in which they serve.

For example, up in Canada, the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation generated $3.3 billion in economic activity last year. That’s billion with a B. That includes over $1.8 billion to help the province operate hospitals, $10 million in support of athletes, over $115 million for various local charities, and so much more.

And it doesn’t end there. Many casinos donate money privately to the communities in which they serve. That’s not just true of land-based casinos. At Silver Oak Casino, we donate money to various charities throughout the year and help causes that are near and dear to our heart.

So the next time you play a few hands of Blackjack and lady luck doesn’t smile your way, just remember that you might be helping someone else smile with every bet.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.