Christmas Song # 2 and Child’s Play!

Hey Again!

Week 2 of free Christmas songs is here and it’s another one of my favorites, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.  Listen below or download it here! – http://bit.ly/haveyourself

I hope you like it, I sure do and I hope I did this excellent song justice.

Onward and upward, now I’d like to talk to you about another awesome charity that’s doing great things for kids this Christmas season.

Child’s Play is a charity that got started in 2003.  Their mission is simple, provide toys, games, and other gifts to children stuck in hospitals during the holidays.  To date they’ve raised nearly 9 million dollars, last year alone they brought in over 2 million that’s entirely spent on presents for sick kids.

From their website – “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.”

Pretty cool, right?  I thought so.  Their website is full of testimonials from Hospitals, Parents, and even letters from children who’ve benefited from the program, read them here if you’re interested – http://childsplaycharity.org/testimonials , this one in particular communicates what Child’s Play is all about pretty well in my mind:

“To be sitting there with your child who can barely move for all the tubes and wires connected to him, who hasn’t been able to eat for days and hasn’t been home in weeks, who can’t remember the last time he didn’t feel awful and wonders if he’ll ever feel good again, and have him laugh out loud when he crashes his go-kart in a video game… well, there aren’t words so I won’t try.

— Alan”

Child’s Play accepts monetary donations of any amount, small or large, via paypal or even text messages, you can choose a specific hospital for the money to go to if you’re into that sort of thing.  You could also use their Amazon Wishlist to buy a gift or gifts that have been specifically requested.  It’s all on their website, it’s super easy, and I think it’s an awesome cause.  Take a few minutes to check it out and think about if you have a few extra bucks to help children in need!  Tell your friends, thanks so much for taking the time, and Happy Holidays :)

-loren