Child’s Play is a charity that brings entertainment to sick little kids. And not the shitty Patch Adams kind. They give the real shit: videogames.
You really shouldn’t need any further inducement to click that and give some poor cancer-ridden kid Super Mario. It’s an absolutely unarguable good.
It’s a very simple process, too! You just click whatever hospital you like on their map, then you buy things from an Amazon wish list and they get sent to the hospital. The list covers everything vaguely entertaining for children from 0-18, so you get to pick out an assortment of toys/games/consoles/books/etc. Each item has a wanted/ordered number attached, so you know what’s in high demand. Last year I got some of my favorite books from when I was a child and a couple of the Pokemon games. I think what makes it resonate with me is a very selfish personal understanding of how awesome it would have been to get a DS when I was 10.
From the site:
Q: What is Child’s Play?
A: Child’s Play is a Seattle based, gamer-run organization that holds an annual toy drive for childrens’ hospitals. Many of the gifts donated by gamers are, as you might imagine, age appropriate videogames and gaming systems – but they are by no means the only things donated. We received eager donations of coloring books, art supplies, crafts, movies, cartoons, virtually anything a young person could ask for. We asked the world-wide community of gamers, and they gave so much we had to move to larger storage facilities three separate times.
Our 2008 drive raised over 1.4 million dollars in toys and cash for 60 children’s hospitals around the US and the world, putting the community’s total contribution level since our inception at the five million dollar mark.
Q: Who is behind Child’s Play?
A: Child’s Play was started by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of the online comic strip Penny Arcade, which concerns itself with videogames and gamer culture.
Q: Why did Penny-Arcade create Child’s Play?
A: Giving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of toys to children in long-term care is its own reward. Past that, it’s a way to show a different side of people who play videogames as a hobby.
Q: How does Child’s Play work?
A: We have partnered with Amazon.com, which hosts a series of “Wish Lists” stocked with toys the hospitals have requested, as well as age appropriate videogames and game systems selected by Child’s Play. Simply choose the hospital nearest you from our interactive map at http://www.childsplaycharity.org and the toys you purchase will be delivered directly. We also accept cash donations via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be used to buy additional equipment and split amongst the hospitals in this year’s drive.
Q: Where can I find more information about Child’s Play and its creators?
A: We welcome you to visit our online hub at http://www.childsplaycharity.org. Take advantage of the interactive map, choose the town nearest you and give a gift.
The charity runs with incredibly low administrative fees, too. That’s a really nice guarantee that your dollar is actually going to help someone instead of the salary of someone running the charity. So click on one of these links and buy some kid stuck in a hospital for Christmas whatever thing made your tiny little brain light up when you were seven.