Hi all…taking a break from hockey, movies and pictures of my kids to ask for donations to Child’s Play. I’ve been a huge fan of the charity that Gabe and Tycho put together, which sets up Children’s hospitals the world over with books, toys, game systems and cash to improve the experience of the sick kids who get stuck there. Women and Children’s Hospital here in Buffalo has been participating for a year or two, and the difference is amazing. I’ve had to be there on more than one occasion (thought not for much that was too terrible) and the changes are night and day. If you don’t want to donate straight cash, click the link above, which can take you then to the Amazon wish list of the hospital of your choice, where you can buy items the hospital has requested. While you are there, check on the Letters page to read some stories of just what all this means to the kids that got to play with the toys or video games provided. Just something I’d like you to consider. :)
Child’s Play works the same as last year. With the help of hospital staff, we’ve set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, and movies. You can go to each hospital’s list and buy a toy, and that toy will be sent to the hospital. Some of these kids are in pretty bad shape. Imagine being stuck alone in a hospital over the holidays, getting something from a fellow gamer would really raise their spirits. Some of the stuff the hospital will give away for kids to keep, while other gifts (like consoles) will be kept by the hospital for patients to use throughout the year.
They have numerous letters from parents and children whose encounters with the various children’s hospitals was made a bit more tolerable by having some games to play, new books to read or new movies to watch. I’ve seen studies and reports that show kids have better surgical outcomes when they play Gameboy before surgery. There are fundraising events across the US and Canada and hospitals that need help as far away as Egypt and Australia.
If anyone wants to combine forces for a larger donation, let me know either in the comments or via the forum PM system.