The tsunami in Japan is one of the worst natural disasters that most of us have seen in our lifetimes. As is often the case with a highly publicized tragedy such as this, there is a silver lining to be found in the mass outpouring of sympathy and support that have followed in the wake of the disaster. We saw it in evidence last week with an "EVE Online" donations campaign and we're seeing it again today with another charity-raising move from the fine folks at Valve Corporation.
Valve has released an assortment of three hats and two noisemakers for "Team Fortress 2" in the Mann Co. store. These limited edition character customization items are only going to be available until April 6, and all proceeds will go to the Japanese disaster relief fund set up by the American Red Cross. They can be equipped by all classes, but they can't be used in trading or crafting. Check out the official message from Valve below:
Here at Valve, we've always been consistently blown away by the creativity and generosity of the TF2 community -- through art contests, map making, item creating, or any one of the hundreds of other ways that you manage to impress us every day.
Today, we'd like to offer a chance to help out at a time when that help matters most. To support the relief efforts currently underway in Japan, we're introducing three limited edition hats and two special noisemakers to the Mann Co. store. The "Humanitarian's Hachimaki" ($7.99), the "Benefactor's Kanmuri" ($19.99) and the most prestigious "Magnanimous Monarch" ($99.99) will be available from now through April 6. All proceeds (net of applicable taxes) will go directly towards the Japanese disaster relief fund that the American Red Cross has set up. The hats can be equipped by all classes; however, they cannot be traded or used for crafting.
After April 6, none of these items will be available in any form. We encourage you to spend as much as you are comfortable with contributing to this good cause. While your Mann Co. store purchases cannot be written off as tax deductions, those who would prefer to donate directly to the American Red Cross fund can do so at their website.