About Child’s Play

“Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.”

“Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.”

“Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.”

How to donate

This time of year can be really tough for kids who are in hospital. If you want to help out, you can find a hospital you would like to donate to here: http://www.childsplaycharity.org/donate

Once you’ve found your local hospital, click on the “View Amazon Wishlist”. Here is a link for BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver.

The Wishlist lets you decide how much money you would like to donate by finding a toy in your price range. Once purchased, you don’t have to worry about waiting for delivery and then dropping it off! The Amazon Wishlist is set up so that once the purchase has gone through, the gift will be sent directly to the hospital (and you don’t have to worry about having Amazon wrap your gift. In fact, they prefer unwrapped ;D )

If you have any questions, you can refer to the FAQ.

History

Child’s Play was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of the online comic strip Penny Arcade, which concerns itself with video games and gamer culture. In response to the media’s negative portrayal of gamers, the pair called for the gaming community to donate to Seattle Children’s Hospital during the holiday season.

The response was overwhelming – within weeks, they had a garage packed full of toys, games, and gifts to brighten the holiday of many sick kids. That year, they raised over $250,000; a number that has grown each year; up to nearly $10 million as of 2010. The gaming community comes together to raise millions of dollars, put together hundreds of community fundraisers, and change the lives of countless children.