James Hill and Jane Byun picked up their first Good Samaritan Bonus check in December 2013. James and Jane are from Gibsonville, North Carolina. They decided to give their $1,000 check to Child's Play in Redmond, Washington. Child's Play Charity is a game industry charity that is dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in their network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.
"It's an organization that buys board games and video games for children's hospitals and hospices in an effort to let these kids just be kids for a little while," Hill said. "Knowing that children somewhere in the United States are playing a game that we helped provide is pretty powerful and I hope I can do more in the future through the GSB program."
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. In 2013, more than $7.5 million was contributed to Child's Play. "We were excited about giving to a charity that does such good work for children and can't wait to have another opportunity to help people," Hill said. "The GSB is a great chance for anybody with The Alliance to help others and make a difference in the world."