In Support of Charities, Affiliates

This website has grown outside of my original plans for it. Originally, there would just be a game. But as I realized that I actually have multiple projects currently being worked on, I could host multiple projects as a way to share my creativity as a way to learn the Bible.  But its potential hasn’t stopped there. I figured, why not support others as well? And so I began to look for other groups to be “affiliated” with. This would allow each group to learn more about the other when they may never have before. You can check those out from the bottom of any page.

Most recently, I have decided to begin to support charities. The work charities do is crucial to helping those who need it. As Christian running a Christian website, finding charities to support was a no-brainer. I might be a small start-up at this time, but opening up the option can only be beneficial.

Moving on, the first charity I have chosen to support is Child’s Play.  As I am currently working on a game, it is only fitting I choose a gaming charity. More than that though, I can completely understand the kind of work that they do. Child’s Play, in a nutshell, provides games and toys to children who are or is currently going through trauma (e.g. sickness, abuse). Although I have no first-hand experience with them, I have my own experience with disease and playing video games as a distraction from that. And so I would love to help those who end up in that same situation I am and have been in. You can learn more about Child’s Play, and donate, below.

About Child’s Play

Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 220 facilities worldwide, including hospitals and domestic abuse shelters. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars. 

Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.

Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.

History

Child’s Play was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of the online comic strip Penny Arcade, which concerns itself with video games and gamer culture. In response to the media’s negative portrayal of gamers, Krahulik and Holkins called for the gaming community to donate to Seattle Children’s Hospital during the holiday season.

The response was overwhelming: within weeks, they had a garage packed full of toys, games, and gifts to brighten the holiday of many sick kids. In 2003, they raised $250,000; a number that has grown each year. Since then, the gaming community has raised millions of dollars, put together hundreds of community fundraisers, and changed the lives of countless children.

Mission and Goals

Child’s Play is dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals and domestic abuse shelters around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play.

Child’s Play is always striving to pursue new opportunities and expand the positive impact of the cause. This includes consistently researching and pursuing alternate fundraising channels, new donation platforms, additional events and better community support.

Impact

Child’s Play has received incredible feedback from family, caregivers, friends, and patients regarding the positive influence of games during hospitalization. Studies have shown that children able to play games while undergoing painful procedures request less pain medication. Technology like the Kinect and Wii Balance Board allow for children to participate in physical therapy activities in an enjoyable, approachable environment. Children also struggle with a lack of normalcy or routine during hospital stays; being able to play a multiplayer game with a sibling or play a handheld system during a late-night treatment helps ease these additional stresses.

“Your donations support seriously-ill children in hospitals by distracting them from their illnesses, and help them cope with fear, anxiety, and boredom.” – Cameron D. Hosner, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

“The Wii systems (including the new favorite of the floor, Rock Band) allows our older patients to enjoy their time at the hospital, forget the often (physically and emotionally) painful conditions/treatment and spend time with their brothers, sisters and visiting friends like they did at home.” – James Brief, M.D., Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

“We saw two teenage boys who didn’t know each other before, sitting together playing games on the Xbox. This seemed so normal for the two boys being so comfortable together in an uncomfortable situation. So if they had had one before or if this was the first time to play it has and continues to bring great fun for lots of individuals.”
– Executive Director, Domestic Violence Shelter (Anonymous for Confidentiality)

Contact

For more information regarding Child’s Play, please visit our website (http://www.childsplaycharity.org).
If you are interested in featuring Child’s Play in your publication, please feel free to contact info@childsplaycharity.org.

Child’s Play | 8040 161ST Ave NE PMB #418 | Redmond, Washington 98052 | www.childsplaycharity.org

 

You can learn more from their website at http://childsplaycharity.org/

You can donate at http://www.hammbibletools.com/charities/

or alternatively at https://donate.childsplaycharity.org/56e1c16db7415bda88333de622e95d8f

100% of the proceeds goes to Child’s Play Charities.

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