The holidays are almost upon us again and this year the MMO Blogging Alliance wants to help ensure a good season for all! We’ve decided to pull together and encourage our readers to donate to those less fortunate. It has been a tough year for many families across the world and a little boost can go a long way. Please consider donating to one of the many charities that we recommend or one you select on your own. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in our drive, it is as easy as writing a post, including this at the top, linking to the other posts, and picking a charity to donate to. Let’s show everyone that in 2009 the MMO community can make a positive difference in the world!
For Epic Slant I’ve selected Child’s Play as my 2009 charity to sponsor. This charity is the brain child of the gentlemen behind Penny Arcade and has been going strong since 2003. I’m a big believer that children need to have comfort, a little magic, and joy. Being ill and in a hospital can make those things rather tough to achieve but this charity tries to make those situations a bit more bearable. From the Child’s Play website:
Since 2003, over 100,000 gamers worldwide have banded together through Child’s Play, a community based charity grown and nurtured from the game culture and industry. Over 3.5 million dollars in donations of toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in children’s hospitals across North America and the world have been collected since our inception.
Child’s Play runs all year long but really focuses on the holiday season to bring a little bit of cheer to an otherwise difficult situation. The charity takes donations of toys, games and money to send to various children’s hospitals around the world. Any donation is greatly appreciated and you can give directly to the charity by clicking the button to the right. You don’t need a Paypal account to donate, it just makes it easier for the charity to accept your funds. Please note that you are donating to the Child’s Play paypal account and that neither Epic Slant nor the MBA will handle the money directly. If you prefer to send an actual toy or game check out the Child’s Play website for the restrictions and best practices. Certain toys are not right for a hospital and it would be sad for a heartfelt gift to be unsuitable.
You can also donate toys and games directly to the specific hospitals involved via the Amazon.com wish list system. This was just brought to my attention and I think it is awesome. Check out the main page for Child’s Play and you can pick a wish list specific to an area near you.
If you’d like to donate to a different charity than Child’s Play many of my blogging peers have selected other options for you. Please check out these posts by other MBA charity drive members and consider donating to their causes. A little help really does go a long way.
Ysharros from Stylish Corpse notes that it is good to give!
Spinks of Spinksville has selected Shelter to sponsor. It is a UK based charity that helps the homeless.
Psychochild is supporting Tabby’s Place. They offer a cage-free sanctuary for our feline friends in need.
Slurms from Multiplaying is supporting Child’s Play this year. Child’s play gives toys and money to children in hospitals around the world.
Stabs of Stabbed Up has decided to support Amnesty International this year. AI supports human rights around the world!
Syp has thrown Bio Break’s support behind Susan G. Komen for the Cure (breast cancer).
Youngblood from Incoming Pull has decided to support Child’s Play!
Ardua is supporting Child’s Play on his blog Echoes of Nonsense. Check out his post!
Jeremy from How to lose your Life to an MMO has also decided to support Child’s Play!
Consider discussing “MMO Blog Alliance 2009 Charity Drive” on the Epic Slant Forum!