I hate news. I try to avoid watching the news on TV and keep up with most things simply by glancing over the headlines on yahoo.com. Yes, I want to be informed, but at the same time I’m the kind of person who will remember a disturbing picture or story for years.
Some things of course are simply hard to just pass over, like what happened in Boston yesterday. It’s saddening and infuriating and frustrating that something like that could happen, and that a child was one of the people who died. I work with children every week, and children hold a very special place in my heart. I know lots of little 8 year olds. My friend has an 8 year old daughter who runs and jumps into my arms every time she sees me. To think that she could have been killed…it’s horrible and sobering. And then a facebook friend posted this picture:
Thank you, Mr. Rogers.
So, we move forwards, and we help. There will always be crazy bad people in the world who do bad things, but there will also be helpers. I want to be a helper. My BF had recently told me about a children’s charity for video gamers, so I looked it and a few others up. Gamers, here’s how you can be a helper!
From their website: “For the last four years, thousands of gamers have joined together annually to play for 24 hours for Extra Life – a gaming marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Gamers rally friends and family members to sponsor their play. The funds they raise go to help save and improve the lives of kids at the CMN Hospital in their community.
Since 2008, our incredible players have raised more than 4 million dollars, and this year, on November 2nd, 2013 we believe they will outdo themselves yet again.
We’d like YOU to join our lifesaving fight.”
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.
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.”
From their website: “The Get-Well Gamers Foundation was founded in 2001 with the goal of bringing video game systems and games to children’s hospitals. Video games are an effective and proven pain management tool and provide needed entertainment during long hospital stays.
The Foundation currently serves dozens of children’s hospitals across the U.S. in an ever-expanding donation network that has already brought much-needed entertainment to hundreds of thousands of children each year. The Foundation services all kinds of hospitals, from small local facilities to larger regional medical centers. Although some of these hospitals are on the cutting edge of medical research, all too often their pediatrics units are lacking for entertainment options. The Foundation seeks to fill these gaps by providing hospitals with free video games, systems, and accessories.”
If everyone took even just one day of their week to be a ‘helper’ in some way, imagine what a wonderful place the world would be!