Humans vs. Zombies took a break from fighting the undead and transitioned to fighting poverty through their fundraiser benefiting the Milagro House. Running from February 19-29, Human vs. Zombies ran a fundraiser to collect paper products that cannot be purchased using food stamps.
“Milagro house has been a charity that my club, Humans vs. Zombies, has been supporting all the way back to the beginning of the fall semester.” said club President Tom Myers. “This idea came about since my mother did some work helping them. I decided to set up a table and collect paper goods from everybody.”
Myers approached Milagro House early during the Fall semester, showing his interest in having the club support the organization through the events to be held throughout the academic school year. In addition to collecting various paper products, the club accepted donations of feminine hygiene products due to the nature of residents that the organization helps.
“I found it to be one that is fitting, because if you think of the science fiction concept during any kind of apocalypse, the first thing you try to look for is shelter and that’s exactly what this is,” stated Myers. “ It’s a homeless shelter for women and children.”
Other ways in which contributions were raised for Milagro house included selling bandanas as well as hosting gladiator ring battles with zombies and the campus-wide games of tag. Events such as the gladiator ring gave unturned humans the chance to decide how many zombies they wanted to challenge and a choice of weaponry to complete the task.
“The biggest thing we’re known for is our campus wide game of tag in which you see people around carrying Nerf-blasters,” said Myers “That’s the human team. They wear a band on their arm. Zombies wear a band on their head.”
According to Myers, each game starts with approval from a website running global game coverage for Humans vs. Zombies. After this, each participant starts as a human, save for one original zombie who is disguised as a human but is actually infected. This character gains a surprise tag, which leads to the spread of zombie infection to other players. Then, humanity must face one of its many apocalyptic possibilities through an intense game of tag aided by Nerf blasters.
“I know most people think that what we are is a game club and that’s not 100 percent true,” noted Myers. “We’re also a social club and we do have activities other than walking around carrying these big, heavy Nerf blasters to shoot each other with foam darts. We do hang out together, we try to plan different events like this, and we try to give back.”
Humans vs. Zombies will be hosting a basket raffle in March, offering tools for safety in apocalyptic scenarios such as Nerf blasters and survival snacks. If looking for more information, students can access details on upcoming games and events at Get Involved and on Facebook. If interested in donating your personal time or paper products to Milagro House, please visit the organization at 669 West Chestnut Street in Lancaster or at miagrohouse.org.