One of the best things about running my own PR firm is that I get to choose the people I get to work with. It makes life and work a little better when you work with clients who are passionate about what they are doing, and even better when what they are doing is trying to make life better for kids with rare diseases.
The logo above is from DonateGames.org. They are an incredible organization based in Southern California that collects donated video games and consoles and sells them and then donates the money to research for diseases that afflict children.
Jim Carol started DonateGames when his son Taylor was undergoing treatment for leukemia at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This week DonateGames is kicking off a new drive with all benefits going directly to Seattle Children’s. If you live in the Seattle-area you can drop off a game at most UPS Stores or if you don’t you can still donate a game.
Check it out, donate a game, buy a game, help a kid.
Below is the press release announcing the Seattle drive.
DonateGames and The UPS Store Help Turn Video Games into Hope, Joy and Health for Seattle Children’s Hospital
Donate New and Used Video Games at The UPS Store Locations in Greater Seattle Area
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2011 — Now through April 28, DonateGames and The UPS Store ® are encouraging residents in the Pacific Northwest to donate new and used video games to help ease the pain and suffering of sick children at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Residents can drop off video games at 87 participating The UPS Store locations in the Greater Seattle Area. DonateGames will resell the video games, and one hundred percent of the proceeds will directly support children at Children’s, who are battling rare diseases, such as pediatric cancer.
“We are honored and inspired to learn this wonderful charity was born at Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2006 when the founder’s son was in long-term care and received a bone marrow transplant.” said Eve Kopp, director of Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. “DonateGames brings together the healing power of play with research and care. You can feel good knowing that by participating in the DonateGames drive you are supporting patients and families at the hospital.”
“My family spent a lot of time at Children’s when we were in-patient, realizing that joy and hope can be as important as the incredible work being done by doctors, nurses, researchers and staff to help kids fight tragic diseases,” said Jim Carol, founder of DonateGames. “In our darkest days, we were humbled by how many people we had never met supported our family – a true testament to the kindness of strangers. This inspired our family to create a social enterprise that would help others who were sick and suffering.”
DonateGames funds research and programs for those affected by rare and neglected diseases through the collection and resale of new and used video games. The organization embraces the game companies and gaming community’s ability to play a role in helping sick children suffering from rare diseases by donating their used video games.
Games, consoles and accessories are also available for purchase at www.DonateGames.org, with all proceeds going towards funding research for rare diseases and supporting sick children.
For more information about Seattle Children’s Hospital please visit www.SeattleChildrens.org
About Donate Games
Donate Games was founded in 2008 by an award-winning software entrepreneur and philanthropist. After his son was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer in 2006, and witnessing the extraordinary healing power of video games, he created an innovative social enterprise dedicated to reselling your donated games and gear to raise money for rare disease research. In 2010, DonateGames was able to build operational infrastructure, grant wishes for sick kids, and fund research at many leading research foundations, as well as deliver more than 3,000 new video games to hospitalized children. Learn more at www.donategames.org.
About The UPS Store
With more than 4,700 locations, The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. ® network comprises the world’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. In the U.S. and Puerto Rico, The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary. In Canada, locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of master licensee MBEC Communications, L.P. For additional information, visit www.theupsstore.com or www.mbe.com.