On Saturday, Felicia Day hosted a 12-hour charity Twitch stream in collaboration with Funny or Die and Latinx lifestyle network Mitú to raise money for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). The stream raised over $250,000 for the Texas-based nonprofit, which provides free and affordable legal services to immigrants and refugees in the state, and is currently working to reunite immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the United States border.
The stream, titled #KeepFamiliesTogether, started at 9 am PST Saturday and ended at 9 pm PST, the same day that Keep Families Together marches protesting the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border took place all over the country.
Day, a creator who founded the media brand Geek & Sundry, hosted the stream with celebrity guests like actors Seth Green, Nathan Fillion, and Alan Tudyk, along with cast members of the network TV show Supernatural — Ruth Connell, Rob Benedict, and Samantha Smith. Other guests included Jessica Chobot from Nerdist, Kate Micucci from Garfunkel & Oates, and CollegeHumor’s Siobhan Thompson. During the live stream, participants played video games and pledged to match donations from celebrities who did not attend, including Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Rocsi Diaz (Entertainment Tonight), and Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory).
After the live stream ended, Day tweeted that it had raised $212,368.95 for RAICES.
Thank you for tuning-in for 12 hours, your support, and for being such an overwhelmingly generous community. We did it. ❤❤❤
— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) July 1, 2018
Since Day’s tweet, additional funds rolled into the charity campaign, ultimately adding up to over $250,000. Day donated all the bits and subscriber money that came in through the Twitch stream on Saturday as well as the proceeds for her ‘Love Has No Borders’ t-shirts, which she created especially for the occasion. Each t-shirt sells for $25.99 and over 2,400 have been sold so far.
Anyone interested in supporting RAICES can still donate directly to the organization through https://www.streamlabs.com/feliciaday.