But thanks to the brilliant guys over at Penny Arcade who started this incredible charity, it doesn’t HAVE to be that way.

Child’s Play was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of the online comic strip Penny Arcade, which concerns itself with video games and gamer culture. In response to the media’s negative portrayal of gamers, Krahulik and Holkins called for the gaming community to donate to Seattle Children’s Hospital during the holiday season.

The response was overwhelming: within weeks, they had a garage packed full of toys, games, and gifts to brighten the holiday of many sick kids. In 2003, they raised $250,000; a number that has grown each year. Since then, the gaming community has raised millions of dollars, put together hundreds of community fundraisers, and changed the lives of countless children.

Child’s Play works with a Network of Children’s Hospitals all over the globe to provide toys, books and video games to their patients, bringing some joy and smiles to their little faces.

You could actually FEEL the room lighten, when they rolled in that Super Nintendo.  Every kid in the room lit up like a Christmas Tree, and by the end, we were all laughing and playing together. – Ryan


Your donation of $1 or $A billion will help a child smile!

Learn More about CHILD’s PLAY here!