And there's still time to give online or at an auction!
Toys and Games Arrive at Children's Hospitals
Courtesy of Gamers around the World
Child's Play 3rd Annual Toy Drive is in Full Swing, But There's Still Time
and Maybe Come Home From their Benefit Dinner with an Xbox 360 Console
Seattle, WA - December 7, 2005 - In the first few weeks of its third annual
online toy and game drive, Seattle-based Child's Play Charity
(www.childsplaycharity.org) has raised $200,000 in cash and a vast array of
games and toys for the Seattle Children's Hospital and similar hospitals in
the U.S. and Canada. Through Child's Play individuals in the videogame
community have already purchased more than 90 brand new Nintendo GameCubes,
95 PlayStation 2 consoles, 79 Nintendo DS game systems, 153 Game Boy Advance
SP game systems, 30 Xbox bundles, 26 LeapPads, 30 MP3 players and 49 DVD
players plus hundreds of board games, building sets, books, videos, toys,
game software and accessories and more. There is still time to go online and
purchase a gift for any of the twenty hospitals partnered with Child's Play.
"Thank you for all the toys! Child's Play Charity is like a dream come
true!" remarked Meghan D. Kelly, Director of the Child Life Program at The
Children's Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York.
In addition to the online toy drive Child's Play is hosting a Fundraiser
Dinner Auction on December 13, 2005 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue,
Washington. The semi-formal evening features a silent auction, dinner and
live auction. Auction highlights include several Xbox 360 console and
software bundles, iPod nanos customized with the Blizzard logo, Limited
Edition Cels, tours of local developers Bungie and Wizards of the Coast,
World of Warcraft collectibles, a year's supply of the guarana caffeine
drink Bawls, an all expense-paid trip for two to the offices of CCP Games
(maker of Ever Online) in Iceland, and an appearance in a Penny Arcade comic
strip. Tickets ($100) remain on sale through December 8th.
Seattle Children's Hospital is the original beneficiary of Child's Play,
which has now grown to over 20 children's hospitals. Child's Play works in
conjunction with Amazon.com to create wish lists for participating
hospitals. Individual donors can choose to give new items ranging from
toddler toys to music CDs, videogames, game consoles and accessories. Gifts
are delivered directly to hospitals in need and are tax deductible as
denoted by law. Child's Play does not keep any administrative fees; all
proceeds go directly to participating hospitals. For information on how to
become a corporate or individual donor or how hospitals can become involved
go to www.childsplaycharity.org.