Child's Play!

No silly goose, not Chucky.. charity.

Donate

I just got through listening to a podcast where they were graciously promoting the Child's Play charity. For those of you who may not know, this is a charity founded by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins(or Gabe & Tycho) of Penny Arcade, that helps bring games and other items to children's hospitals. Ever since its inception in 2003, donations have increased each year and hopefully this year will be no different.

This will be my second year participating and I couldn't be happier being a part of it. These kids need something to take their minds off of their unfortunate circumstances. I remember when I was in a hospital for months with a pituitary tumor (Cushing's syndrome) and I would ask the nurses if I could have a chance to play the N64 or PS2. Any chance I could get to play something, I took that opportunity because it was a fun outlet. I even asked my mom to bring some games from home for whenever I had a system in my room. I don't think I realized at the time how much I appreciated having that outlet because it helped make rough times a bit easier.

It is really easy to donate. Just head over to the Child's Play charity website and choose a hospital to donate to. Each hospital has a wishlist with items to choose from. Games are as little as 10 bucks so don't worry if you can't afford much. Every little bit counts. Books, toys, and movies are also available so there are plenty of choices.

Again, any kind of support you can give is greatly appreciated. Tell your family and friends. Thanks for reading! Any questions, leave 'em.

Also, feel free to mention any other charitable organizations here that you support. =D

Do work, son(s)!


EDIT: Here are a list of community fundraiser events.
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36 Comments
Posted by MasterSplinter

No silly goose, not Chucky.. charity.

Donate

I just got through listening to a podcast where they were graciously promoting the Child's Play charity. For those of you who may not know, this is a charity founded by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins(or Gabe & Tycho) of Penny Arcade, that helps bring games and other items to children's hospitals. Ever since its inception in 2003, donations have increased each year and hopefully this year will be no different.

This will be my second year participating and I couldn't be happier being a part of it. These kids need something to take their minds off of their unfortunate circumstances. I remember when I was in a hospital for months with a pituitary tumor (Cushing's syndrome) and I would ask the nurses if I could have a chance to play the N64 or PS2. Any chance I could get to play something, I took that opportunity because it was a fun outlet. I even asked my mom to bring some games from home for whenever I had a system in my room. I don't think I realized at the time how much I appreciated having that outlet because it helped make rough times a bit easier.

It is really easy to donate. Just head over to the Child's Play charity website and choose a hospital to donate to. Each hospital has a wishlist with items to choose from. Games are as little as 10 bucks so don't worry if you can't afford much. Every little bit counts. Books, toys, and movies are also available so there are plenty of choices.

Again, any kind of support you can give is greatly appreciated. Tell your family and friends. Thanks for reading! Any questions, leave 'em.

Also, feel free to mention any other charitable organizations here that you support. =D

Do work, son(s)!


EDIT: Here are a list of community fundraiser events.
Posted by Claude

This is a great thing you are doing MasterSplinter. My wife and I donate money every month to St. Judes Children's Hospital.

Posted by Hamz

Man i'm glad you made this blog, i was thinking of making a sticky about it later this week. I've been donating to Child's Play since the day it started mainly because its a charity i feel i can believe in. As a gaming enthusiast i find the fact i can bring a little happiness to younger gamers in hospitals somewhat appealing, i guess it might be selfish, but i feel better by donating to this charity because i think it gives video games some better press in the public eye.

Honestly if you have even a small bit of extra money, £5 even, its worth donating to Child's Play. Sure we might be having a global credit crunch but i don't think anyone is on the verge of poverty from it that they cannot afford to donate a little something to kids in hospitals around the world.

God damn i love Penny Arcade.....i will be banning anyone who does not make a donation :P

Posted by Gizmo
Hamz said:
i will be banning anyone who does not make a donation :P"
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Posted by brukaoru

I am so donating soon, this such a wonderful cause! It really goes to show that the mainstream media's stereotype that all gamers are evil delinquents is just so untrue.

Posted by MasterSplinter

Thanks guys! You can sticky this if you want to, Hamz.

Posted by Hamz

I think i'll sticky it for a few days, its a charity i think a lot of gamers should be involved in. Especially at this time when the economy is down the drain. There are kids in hospital this christmas who may not be able to play games, we need to get that changed!

Posted by ZenaxPure

I must agree this is an awesome charity! This will be my second year donating as well, I am just not really sure what or how I want to buy though so I have not just yet. I am also hoping someone sells the t-shirt again as now that I have money and a job picking up that would be awesome.

Posted by MasterSplinter
Zenaxzd said:
"I must agree this is an awesome charity! This will be my second year donating as well, I am just not really sure what or how I want to buy though so I have not just yet. I am also hoping someone sells the t-shirt again as now that I have money and a job picking up that would be awesome."
Buy it!
Posted by CitizenKane

Another website I am a regular at is doing a group donation to a charity as well.  It's definitely a great idea,

Posted by MattyFTM

Nice. It seems allot of gaming websites are doing charity events now. Sarcastic Gamer with their Extra Life gaming marathon is the one that jumps to mind - those guys rule.

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Posted by TheGamerGeek

If I was older and had more money, I'd donate all I can but sadly, I just don't got the money now, although I really want to.

Posted by ZenaxPure
MasterSplinter said:
"Zenaxzd said:
"I must agree this is an awesome charity! This will be my second year donating as well, I am just not really sure what or how I want to buy though so I have not just yet. I am also hoping someone sells the t-shirt again as now that I have money and a job picking up that would be awesome."
Buy it!"
Aww sweet man, did they just add that or something? I looked for it a few days ago and did not find it on the store. Still this is awesome totally buying right now.
Posted by Dr_Feelgood38

I wish the Mario Marathon guys would do something else for this...

Posted by tokyochicken
Dr_Feelgood38 said:
"I wish the Mario Marathon guys would do something else for this..."
Ya same here I loved those guys.
Posted by RelentlessKnight

Yeah I heard of that a while ago, but back then I was thinking about other charities. The anime(youtube) community has donated their fair share of donations as well as others. I'm pleased how generous the guys from Penny Arcade as well as the contributions the community was affected from. I will glady contribute my share.

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Posted by PureRok

I won't be making a donation.

Posted by Tearhead

Awesome, man.  I'm gonna buy Spiderman: Friend of Foe for the Oakland Children's Hospital, which is close to me.  I remember having to stay in the hospital off and on every year as a kid for asthma attacks and being so bored.  They had an arts and crafts room, but that sucked.

Posted by Roger_Klotz

I heard about this charity on G4 and I think its a great cause. This holiday season I will donate some money to this charity.
I really want to do something like this in my community where I can bring maybe my xbox or wii to a childrens hospital and play some video games with them.

Posted by SpinCookie
MasterSplinter said:
"Zenaxzd said:
"I must agree this is an awesome charity! This will be my second year donating as well, I am just not really sure what or how I want to buy though so I have not just yet. I am also hoping someone sells the t-shirt again as now that I have money and a job picking up that would be awesome."
Buy it!"
I just bought the shirt, does anyone know if the proceeds from buying the shirt go towards the charity as well?
Posted by ZenaxPure
SpinCookie said:
"MasterSplinter said:
"Zenaxzd said:
"I must agree this is an awesome charity! This will be my second year donating as well, I am just not really sure what or how I want to buy though so I have not just yet. I am also hoping someone sells the t-shirt again as now that I have money and a job picking up that would be awesome."
Buy it!"
I just bought the shirt, does anyone know if the proceeds from buying the shirt go towards the charity as well?"
I am pretty sure they did last year and I believe they do this year as well. I am not 100% sure though.
Posted by MasterSplinter
Zenaxzd said:
"SpinCookie said:
"MasterSplinter said:
"Zenaxzd said:
"I must agree this is an awesome charity! This will be my second year donating as well, I am just not really sure what or how I want to buy though so I have not just yet. I am also hoping someone sells the t-shirt again as now that I have money and a job picking up that would be awesome."
Buy it!"
I just bought the shirt, does anyone know if the proceeds from buying the shirt go towards the charity as well?"
I am pretty sure they did last year and I believe they do this year as well. I am not 100% sure though."
I would be surprised if it didn't.
Posted by MasterSplinter

I added a link to some fundraiser events you guys and gals can check out.

Edited by ThomasP

This thread is a gift. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Posted by Snail

For some reason I prefer donating video games instead of toys. Nice propaganda there mate! You just made a contributer here!

Posted by MasterSplinter

Thank you to everyone who is showing their support. This is really great to see.

Posted by Joseppie

Boom! More support!

Posted by Video_Tycoon
Hamz said:
"Man i'm glad you made this blog, i was thinking of making a sticky about it later this week. I've been donating to Child's Play since the day it started mainly because its a charity i feel i can believe in. As a gaming enthusiast i find the fact i can bring a little happiness to younger gamers in hospitals somewhat appealing, i guess it might be selfish, but i feel better by donating to this charity because i think it gives video games some better press in the public eye.
How is giving being selfish?  It is not!
Posted by Jesus_Juice

This is the first year I've had a job and I'm definitely going to give something to the children's hospital in Arizona. I'll just buy myself one less game this year so that those kids can play some games. Do you guys think those kids would like Pokemon Diamond or Viva Pinata: TIP more?

Posted by Oni

I donated! I've always wanted to but I never had the means, now I have a Paypal account so I did my thing and donated some cold, hard CASH. Great post Splinter.

Posted by Hamz

Gonna unpin this now, been up for awhile, hopefully everyone has taken note that donating is a good thing to do!

Posted by TomA

I definitely want to donate to this, as someone who grew up with 2 back muscle conditions,i underwent 3 surgeries in a span of 5 years,and countless visits to Children's Hospital in Vancouver.I know first hand how hard it is to go through that,so I want to do my best to make that experience that much better for kids in Children's Hospitals.Awesome of you for posting this Master Splinter!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Phished0ne

I posted a blog about this too. but i donated using  Cheapass Gamer's raffle, they do a raffle every year where every 5 dollars you donate, you get an entry to win great stuff like a 500 dollar amazon gift-card, a X-box 360 prize pack with 50 games, and a bunch of other stuff. I donate anyway, but why not also try and  win some stuff while you're at it.

Posted by MasterSplinter

True Phished0ne.

Also, thanks again to everyone who has donated. Total donations are over $560,000 as of 11/28.

Posted by Sir_Lizardman

I am just a poor little student and only had 5$ in my paypal account. So I decide to send all 5$ to child's play.  Figure every dollar can help.

Posted by SMTDante89

I've known about Child's Play for a few years now but this is the first year I've actually been able to donate something.  Feels good to give to little gamers something to ease their stay in hospitals.