If you like games, there's a unique one you should try. I'll warn you, it's very challenging and it will make you do some soul-searching. It's called SPENTand it was created by McKinney, a Durham based advertising agency. McKinney partners with Urban Ministries of Durham, which helps thousands of people who are homeless or one step away from homelessness, get a hot meal, have a safe place to spend the night and get the tools they need to support themselves again. The game challenges players to pay their expenses for a month when they've lost almost everything and are down to their last $1,000. Most people I know who've played haven't made it the entire month. Talk about a wake-up call. At the end of the game, people can make a donation to Urban Ministries of Durham. Obviously, UMD is grateful for the financial support. But most of all,it's grateful for the awareness the game is raising. It's even being used as a teaching tool in some schools and universities. SPENT is educating people about homelessness and how it can happen to almost anyone. SPENT is giving people new compassion for our neighbors in need. You can learn more about SPENT by clicking the link above and by watching Heart of Carolina Perspectives.