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!
Our annual dinner auction was held on Thursday, and it was a wonderful evening celebrating 10 years of Child’s Play. We were able to feature some absolutely incredible items including art, gadgets, tours, and more. At the end of the night, generous gamers had raised over $250,000 for our network of hospitals and our new domestic violence shelters program! We couldn’t be more grateful for the support of the community and industry who donated items and attended the dinner. Thank you all!
As usual, everyone looked absolutely lovely: our photobooth photos, courtesy of brilliant photographer Dabe Alan, are already online. Check ‘em out!
The good news keeps coming: as of today we have not only met, but exceeded our 2013 fundraising goal! Gamers around the world have raised over $3.4 million for kids in hospitals and domestic violence shelters. We’re proud and humbled: your support makes an uncertain, painful, traumatic time easier for these kids and their families, which is particularly welcome during the holidays. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
We’re often asked which of our partner hospitals could use some extra support for the holiday season. If you’d like to donate to a facility that has had a slower year on the Amazon donations front, check out the wishlists for Nemours Children’s Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s, American Family Hospital, and Sanford Children’s Hospital. It doesn’t take a huge donation to make a serious impact - even one DVD, book, or game can help hundreds of patients in these facilities, and your support is so deeply appreciated.
Ten years ago today, gamers worldwide were called upon to brighten the holidays for sick kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The response then was phenomenal, and since that point gamers worldwide have shown their generosity year after year. Since our inception, the gaming community has now raised over $20 million - $2.5 million in 2013 alone.
These donations have made a remarkable impact in the lives of children in our network of hospitals, which has grown to over 90 facilites worldwide. In addition to our hospital network, donations are now going to provide domestic violence facilities with game carts to help kids and their families through an incredibly traumatic experience. Dr. Bradley Leech summarizes it well: “That is a reality that Child’s Play Charity is doing for our kids - adding a smile to their faces at a time when it is needed the most.”
Speaking of smiles, the 7th Annual Desert Bus for Hope has concluded its long journey, and the results are nothing short of stunning. After 6 days and 11 hours of bussing, they raised over $520,000 for Child’s Play. Fundraisers like Desert Bus exemplify why the Child’s Play community is so remarkable: hundreds of hours of preparation, thousands participating in chat and viewing the stream, visitors, call-ins, auctions and giveaways. The comprehensive effort on the part of everyone involved will positively impact the lives of thousands of kids around the world for years to come. We’re so grateful to the Desert Bus team and donors. Thank you to each and every one of you.
If you’re planning to celebrate our 10th Anniversary at our Dinner Auction but haven’t purchased your tickets yet, do so right away - there are only a few left, and it’s looking like they’ll sell out today or tomorrow. It’s going to be an extra-special celebration with music provided by the Doubleclicks and special guest hosts, Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub.
Ten years. $20 million. Hundreds of thousands of lives. And it wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you.