2012 is drawing quickly to a close and it’s been an incredible year - with four days left, the gaming community has picked up even more steam and raised $4.1 million dollars for children in hospitals around the world. Through gifts on Amazon.com, support of our incredible community events, Humble Bundle purchases, and generous donations from people around the world we’ll be able to provide our 90 network hospitals with video games, books, toys and more. These donations make an amazing impact for children who are in a scary, painful situation. Jessica wrote us to share her story:
Like a lot of people, I was a kid in the hospital. Mine was for a major surgery on my chest. It was frightening and painful, and nobody wanted to explain anything to a 5-year old. The thing that changed me forever, though, wasn’t the surgery, it was the game cart. My uncle had already put the whisper of King’s Quest in my ear, so I was primed and ready to go when Mario rolled into my room and he quickly became my escape from the dark. Every time I had to get up for physical therapy, I knew the Nintendo would be my reward when I returned. I’ve been a gamer ever since. Now, I get to see the other side of the hospital room as a doctor, and watch my patients find the same window out of the hospital I found when I was small, and I know that Child’s Play is a part of that where I work and in many other hospitals. Patients sometimes play with their parents, and sometimes play alone, but in my opinion, the best days are the days we get to play together. Thank you for helping to make that possible.
The gaming community has now donated a staggering $3.7 million in 2012, blowing past the total for 2011 with just under two weeks left in our fundraising season and keeping up the incredible tradition of surpassing the previous year’s fundraising goal. Gifts from Amazon.com wishlists are arriving at our network hospitals every day and their impact is profound. Diane, Child Life Specialist, shared a bit about how Child’s Play helps Victoria General Hospital.
We received your gifts today and are very grateful for the ongoing and generous donations from the supporters of Child’s Play. The donations received from your charity have made a significant difference to what we can provide to our young patients. In the past year, Child’s Play donations have provided personal DVD players for each in-patient bed as well as for the surgical unit and the Emergency Department. As you can imagine, the DVD players have been very popular and are in constant use. Other items purchased include: toys and books for our out-patient Diabetes Clinic that serves up to 200 children and youth; an extensive variety of toys and craft activities for our in-patient wards; toys for our out-patient day surgery unit; and small items for the treasure boxes in the pediatric areas. Please share with your donors and let them know how much their support means to us.
We feel incredibly fortunate to receive donations from Child’s Play. They truly have made a huge difference to the comfort and distractions we can provide in our daily work with hospitalized children and youth.
Child Life Specialist
Victoria General Hospital
Thank you all for your incredible support in another record-breaking year. We are honored, humbled, and excited to see what the next two weeks bring. Thank you!
There are many ways that people support Child’s Play. Sometimes it’s donating through Paypal or sending a check in the mail. There are our Amazon.com wishlists, where people can send gifts to their local children’s hospital. People run events to raise awareness and funds. People share our mission in their schools, workplaces, and communities. Gamers buy Humble Bundles to keep and to give, and give donations in honor of friends and family as holiday gifts.
Each and every gesture of support makes a huge impact. Each and every year since Child’s Play was founded in 2003 the gaming community has exceeded expectations and blown past both fundraising goals and previous year totals. Yet again, we approach that threshold - as of today, the gaming community has raised over $3.3 million in 2012. It is such an incredible, monumental effort and one that couldn’t happen with our donors, event organizers, sponsors, and supporters around the world. With a few weeks left to go, we couldn’t be more excited to see where the community takes us!