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Child’s Play Contributions Reach Almost $2 Million for 2011

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Posted on December 15, 2011 AT 03:23pm

THE BUZZ: The recently-held Child’s Play Gala and Auction ended up raising $351,000, bringing the total amount contributed to the organization to $1.95 million for this year.

Started in 2003, Child’s Play is an organization that helps to promote the good side of video games (and video game players) by raising funds to donate toys, games, books, and other forms of entertainment to children’s hospitals around the world.

“The gala and auction always brings in a lot of donations, but it is just one part of Child’s Play,” said Jamie Dillion of Child’s Play Charity. “The real heroes are all the gamers who organize local events and send in individual donations that account for the vast majority of what we raise every year. We couldn’t do this without all of their support”

To learn more about Child’s Play, or to see how you can help, head over to childsplaycharity.org.

EGM’s TAKE: Being stuck in a hospital with some form of serious health issue is a situation none of us want to find ourselves in—it can be even more difficult, terrifying, or upsetting when you’re a child. While video games and toys can’t make children healthy physically, they can have a massively positive effect on a child mentally and emotionally.

I’ve been a big fan of the organization since its introduction, and am glad to see it not only continue in its effort, but get stronger every year.

Source: Child's Play

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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