Last year, the 24-Hour Game Show Marathon raised over $5,000 and donated every penny to Child’s Play, a non-profit charity that helps hospitals and domestic violence shelters give the children in their care a desperately-needed respite from the day-to-day hardships they face. But what did our hard-earned donations go to? Here’s an update from the Child’s Play site:
In addition to raising funds for over 100 Children’s Hospitals in our Child’s Play Network, 2015 saw us deliver custom game carts to over 100 domestic violence shelters in North America, a program originally tested in 2014 to great success. These came equipped with a game console, accessories, and a library of non-violent games pre-loaded. These are kids that may have had to leave in a hurry, often not considering their toys and games that help them cope. The domestic violence program furthers our mission to have games available for those that need them for therapeutic applications.
For the first time, we implemented an outreach program to our hospital network, because oftentimes (and understandably!) practitioners are busy with doing the amazing work of saving lives and working with patients to keep up with the latest games and technology we send them. We partnered with GameChanger Charity to do the Gamer’s Give Back tour where we visit hospitals, bringing age appropriate gifts for some of the sickest long term patients, provide a catered lunch for their staff, and talk with the Child Life staff about gaming and technology. We’ve received great feedback and are looking forward to visiting more hospitals in 2016.
With the help of EEDAR we created a Therapeutic Video Games Recommendations guide. Gamers understand that games can help you feel better, can distract from pain and help you feel happy when you’re down. This tool helps guide Child Life staff, clinicians, and parents determine which games will help kids exhibiting different symptoms.
We hope to continue to use our love of playing games in 2016 to raise another $2,500 for Child’s Play, and in turn help continue their goal of helping children who desperately need to feel some fun and joy in their life.