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And the total is…

2013 was a year of celebration, retrospect, and new horizons for Child’s Play. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary for the foundation, it was a great opportunity for us to reflect on the amazing growth we’ve experienced. In 2003, gamers united to raise $250,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital to make the holidays a little bit brighter for the kids in need. In 2013 we now work with over 90 hospitals around the world, with hundreds of thousands of children benefiting from your gifts and contributions, as the generosity of gamers has only grown.

Our final fundraising total for 2013 is an astonishing $7.6 million.

$7.6 million. It’s absolutely mind boggling. Ten years ago, we wouldn’t have believed it possible. That’s more than the cumulative total for the first six years of Child’s Play, raised in the last 12 months. Not only have you been able to support our growing network of hospitals, but we’re also been able to expand our initiatives and benefit children in domestic violence shelters. In 2014 that program will move past the pilot program to encompass facilities across the country and provide them with vital resources to support the kids they see every day.

Child life specialists reach out to us every year, overwhelmed and amazed at the generosity of gamers. The iPads they use help distract and comfort kids as they prep for surgery. An Xbox will find its way to the community playroom for siblings to play together again. The movies, craft supplies, CDs, toys, and books sent from Amazon wishlists let kids just be kids for a moment: not sick kids, not hurt kids, not scared or lonely kids. Just kids playing like kids. And it’s all thanks to you.

The bulk of our donations don’t come in the form of huge grants: the millions are made up of the $10, $20, $50 donations. They come from game marathons, golf tournaments,  eBay auctions, and bake sales. They come from the incredible community that makes the tag line “Gamers give back” an understatement. The community coming together for 10 years has now resulted in $25,196,670. We are humbled, proud, and overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you for making 2013 our best year yet.

A new record! $5.7 mil for kids

Big news today: the gaming community has surpassed last year’s final total of $5 mil - as of today, you have raised $5.7mil for Child’s Play!

Every year we are amazed and humbled by the generosity of this industry and community, and this year is no exception. Thanks to your support, we have been able to add hospitals to our network year after year and 2014 will see even more new facilities receiving toys and games for the kids they care for. Not only that, but our domestic violence shelter program will be opening general applications in the spring and we’re excited to help that network grow in a big way. The impact of your donations will touch the lives of millions of kids when they need encouragement, distraction, entertainment; when they desperately need time to just be a kid. For that, we cannot thank you enough. We still have a few more days of our holiday fundraising season, so consider checking out your local facility’s Amazon wishlist or making a general donation to support the facilities we benefit. We cannot thank you enough for the incredible impact you have made and continue making every day.

$4.3 mil making holidays happier for sick kids

Happy Holidays from everyone at Child’s Play! Thanks to you all, the holidays are going to be a little brighter for kids in hospitals around the world - as of today, the gaming community has raised $4.3 million! There are gifts shipping to our network hospitals from Amazon as we speak; families are watching new DVDs together, siblings are playing handheld games, Child Life specialists are using tablets to help distract and support pediatric patients. And it’s all thanks to you. Our annual drive extends all the way to January 1st, so there’s still time to donate: either through wishlists, or direct donations which will send consoles and larger items to the hospitals as well as supporting our new domestic violence shelter initiative. The impact of these gifts is profound. John, a childhood lymphoma survivor, shared his experience of having games during his illness:

Instead of focusing on the treatment I turned my focus to the game. It helped me escape the current world I was in and allowed me to feel like a normal kid again. That gift did so much more for me then just distract me, it impacted my personality and character.

$4.3 million dollars, going to help kids around the world. All thanks to you!