Imagine this: There is a small child with Leukemia, about the age of 6, who is hospitalized. Being a child, they won’t know much about what’s happening, but they’ll still be scared about what’s happening. Often, parents, family, and supporters will try and buy gifts for the child, to keep their mind off, and calm them, but what happens when these toys can’t be afforded?
Many children that have to stay in hospitals have nothing to keep their mind off the fear of what could happen to them. Although this child isn’t normal, they want to be like a normal child. Being hospitalized often can cause the child to, “have negative child-sibling and child-peer relations” (Abdel-Hameed, El-Geneidy, Banna, Kamal, Gawad 122). Having to stay in a
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Child’s Play is a charity that seeks to solve this problem, by raising money to buy toys, games, books, and games for children’s hospitals. Child’s Play was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, authors of the comic, Penny Arcade (Child’s Play). Since 2003, Child’s Play has raised $25,196,670 as of January, 2014. They’ve collected this money through simple donations, such as $10, $20, or $50. Donations are used to buy consoles, toys, and books for hospitals (Wawro). According to their site, “Child’s Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game industry and the power of play” (Child’s Play). Their headquarters is in Redmond, Washington, but they do lots events around the Seattle area, and send toys to hospitals all around the world (Child’s Play).
Child’s Play benefits society by helping these children that are normally neglected by the rest of society. In the past, Child’s Play has helped many children's hospitals. Some of the children and doctors affected have left testimonies on their website. I was born with a cleft lip and palate. Due to this birth defect I have had over a dozen surgeries spanning 18 years. One of these testimonies, left by a boy named David, states, “When I was 13 (back in 2001), I remember one particularly difficult surgery involved cracking my hip to extract marrow, which was then injected into the