Normally, during the introduction to the shows, I make a point to ask people to use the Amazon link, or if they would like, to give a little donation to keep the show running. In the spirit of the holidays, though, I’d like to ask that you instead consider making a donation to, or through, Child’s Play. I could try to explain what they do, but they have a nice press kit that does a much better job than I can, so we’ll just crib from them.
Child’s Play is dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play.
How It Works
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.
Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.
There’s actually a third option for supporting Child’s Play, which is to buy games through the Humble Bundle, making sure that money is being directed to Child’s Play. You get to support a worthy charity, and you get some shiny new video games out of the deal.
A lot of people have an image of gamers as being anti-social weirdos. To be honest, some of us are. In truth, though, there are a lot of very generous people who love to play, whether it’s video games, board games, or tabletop games like we play on 2 Guys, a Girl, and a Goblin. So, since you’ve earned XP all year, I think it’s high time to level up, and win at charity.
P.S. If you’re wanting to buy stuff for your family and friends, you should definitely still use the Amazon link for that. We’d appreciate it, and so would our local liquor distributors will also appreciate it.