December 12, 2010

Child's Play Holiday Toy Drive

Just a reminder to all gamers that it's not too late to make a difference for a hospitalized kid this holiday season. Child's Play's holiday toy drive is still on. You can donate games, electronics, toys, books, art supplies and other items directly to the hospital of your choice through or contribute cash by mail or PayPal.

"Imagine being stuck alone in a hospital over the holidays, getting something from a fellow gamer would really raise [your] spirits. Some of the stuff the hospital will give away for kids to keep, while other gifts (like consoles) will be kept by the hospital for patients to use throughout the year." (From the Child's Play web site)

Child's Play was founded in 2003 by the gamers at Penny Arcade. Since then, more than 100,000 of us worldwide have raised over 7 million dollars in toys, games and other much-needed items for sick kids in children’s hospitals across North America and the world. Along with soliciting individual donations, Child's Play also promotes special events year round, including auctions and live online game-a-thons like Desert Bus for Hope and Super Mario Marathon.

Unlike some other charities, they collect no administrative fees or other charges. 100% of all gifts and donations go directly to partner hospitals to help make life a little brighter for a sick child.

For more information or to make a monetary donation, go to

To donate a game or other gift directly to a children's hospital, go to and click the controller icon at the top of the page. This will take you to an interactive map of the partner hospitals. Click the controller icon for a hospital near you to go directly to their Amazon wish list. On the Amazon page, click the "Remember" button in the left column to add the hospital's address to your address book. Then choose a gift, add to cart, and check out. Be sure to select the hospital's shipping address rather than your own.

The Child's Play organizers have asked that gifts intended for the Christmas holiday arrive no later than December 20, so please consider that when choosing a toy and shipping options.

Thanks so much for your support. When gamers give back, it makes a difference!


  1. does it run in the UK cause being in hospital for more than a few hours is as boring as hell.

  2. Hi, Anonymous. Sorry it's taken me a while to reply. I threw my back out and have been minimizing my computer time for a few days.

    Maybe you've already seen the link in the post, but if you go to, there's a map that shows all the participating hospitals. There are 2 in the U.K.: one in Manchester and one in Liverpool. It's probably not too late for Christmas, but even if it is, kids need entertainment year round. :)