The Child's Play charity, now in its fifth year, has announced the opening of its yearly charity drive
, revealing its upcoming fundraiser in Seattle, as well corporate & personal donation schemes to give games and other items to children's hospitals in over 25 states and five countries across the globe.
The organization, which started as a fundraiser for the Seattle Children's Hospital in association with popular web comic Penny Arcade, has since raised over two million dollars in toys, games and cash through its online toy drive and annual charity auction to over 45 hospitals worldwide, with more than half
raised last year alone.
The annual Child's Play Fundraiser Dinner Auction will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. The semi-formal evening features a silent auction, dinner and live auction. In 2006, the dinner raised over $200,000 in one night, with all fundraising proceeds going directly to the Child's Play network of hospitals.
Child's Play also 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, video games, game consoles and accessories. Gifts are delivered directly to hospitals in need and are tax deductible as denoted by law.
The charity is seeking corporate donations for giveaway at Children's Hospitals as well as auction items for the fundraising dinner. For information on how to become a corporate or individual donor or how hospitals can become involved please contact Kristin Lindsay at [email protected]
"For the first ten months of the year, our community makes, plays and breathes games." said Kristin Lindsay at Child's Play. "Our holiday drive is not only an opportunity to share that joy with those that need it, but it's also a great way to show the strength of our culture."