Gamers from around the world have now donated $1.8 million in toys, games, and more to benefit kids in hospitals and domestic violence shelters in 2013! With the holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in plans and celebrations: the fact that so many gamers make an effort to positiviely impact the lives of kids in a tough situation is absolutely inspirational. If you’d like to give, you can do so by donating here, or picking items off an Amazon wishlist for a specific facility here.
Like many around the world, our thoughts over the past week have been with communities impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. If you’re interested in donating directly to the cause, a list of recommended non-profits from Guidestar can be found here. We know firsthand how incredibly generous gamers can be, and there are many people in desperate need there.
Our 10th Anniversary celebration Dinner Auction is December 5th and there are still a few tickets left. If you’re interested in donating an auction item, email Jamie - [email protected] - the auction is always an incredible mix of game collectibles, unique art, tours of incredible studios, and more. You don’t want to miss it!
In case you’re just tuning in for the holidays, we just announced an expansion of Child’s Play: we will now be assisting children in domestic violence shelters. Our pilot program is well underway and we’re planning to open applications for the general program in Spring 2014. Read more about the program here, and if you have any questions, feel free to email Jamie ([email protected]).
As always, thank you for your incredible support!
With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to share some exciting news from Child’s Play. Due to the incredible amount of support from gamers around the world, we’ve been working on a new initiative to benefit children and their families in domestic violence facilities. Those of you who happened to be at the PAX East 2012 Q&A with Mike and Jerry may remember the original announcement:
Since then, I’ve spoken with dozens of domestic violence shelter advocates across the country to understand how they operate and how we can best benefit them. With an entirely new initiative, we wanted to take our time and ensure we were making the most impact possible with your donations. Unlike the network of hospitals we serve, domestic violence shelters operate on a much smaller scale and can have specific needs and challenges: Anonymous locations, apartment-style housing, multilingual families, and more.
Within our pilot program, we have domestic violence facilities that provide emergency housing, long term housing, counseling, legal advocacy, and a variety of youth and family care programs, but there was one unifying factor to each and every one: They’re in need of ways to support, entertain, distract and interact with traumatised youth. One of our pilot applications summed it up perfectly:
“The very nature of family violence eradicates trust, self-respect, and physical and emotional wellness in all victims, but none more so than with the children. These “hidden victims” are often the most vulnerable, overlooked and the least likely to receive appropriate services during a time of intense trauma.
We believe that these “hidden victims“ can be reached through creativity and play; through the gaming opportunities and learning experience, they will build their self-confidence and self-esteem. Our ability to offer social and emotional skill development- through constructive play and gaming activities - will help the children impacted by violence develop self-understanding, creative thinking and empathy skills, designed to support their healing, growth and future success.”
I’m proud to announce we have selected ten facilities to participate in the pilot program for our domestic violence assistance initiative. Over the past year, we’ve been working to build a custom designed game kiosk, complete with console, TV, and appropriate games.
As we get feedback and fine-tune the manufacturing and distribution process, we will expand the network to include facilities nationwide. For the past ten years, we’ve been so grateful for the amazing support you’ve given our hospital network, and we’re honored and excited to expand that support to children in domestic violence shelters. Gamers give back, and it truly makes a difference. Thank you!
Nearly 10 years ago, gamers from around the world united to help kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital have a brighter holiday. Today, over 90 facilities worldwide benefit from the support of Child’s Play, and that number only grows. Every addition to our network and every gift that ends up in a hospitalized child’s hands is thanks to you, our incredible supporters. We couldn’t be more proud to kick off the 10th year of the Child’s Play holiday drive, and we’re thrilled to announce that the community has already raised $970,000 for sick kids. It’s an inspiring way to start the season, and we’re deeply grateful for the many game marathons, bake sales, Humble Bundle purchases, and more that make up that incredible starting point.
Our facility wishlists are freshly filled and ready to send gifts of video games, toys, books, movies, and more directly to hospitals in our network. Check out our map to find a facility near you. If you don’t see a hospital nearby and have a suggestion of a local nonprofit pediatric facility, send it over to Kristin ([email protected]).
We’ve also announced our Annual Dinner and Auction to be held at the Meydenbauer Center on December 5th, 2013. In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, this year we will be hosting a post-dinner cocktail hour, featuring live music by the Doubleclicks. We are also welcoming our friends Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub as hosts and auctioneers for the evening. Every year the industry and community amazes us with their creative, unique, geeky donations, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the auction this year. Get your individual tickets here, or your corporate sponsored tables here. If you would like to donate an item or have any questions about the auction, email Jamie ([email protected]).