I proudly exclaim that I a fan of both Penny Arcade and the great men behind it, Jerry and Mike. For the very few who have never heard of Penny Arcade I shall attempt to sum it up with the following sentences. Penny Arcade is a very popular humorous online gaming comic written primarily by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. They hold a massive gaming expo every year at the end of August (I went last year and I'm going back this year) in Seattle called PAX, where everyone in the world is welcome. They also are the creators and organizers of Child's Play which is an annual charity that gives sick children all over the world the gift of joy every Christmas.
Enough digression already. I am writing this about Child's Play. I was just reading about the uber successful ($225,000) Child's Play dinner that was held last night in Seattle. I went looking for some more details about what went on at the dinner and I noticed that on the Child's Play site they are encouraging media type people (like me I guess) to spread the word about Child's Play and the generosity shown by the gamers that support it. How could I refuse?
I hereby encourage all of you to give what you can in support of this very worthwhile charity. You can donate raw cash through PayPal, you can send donations to the Child's Play HQ in the mail, you can sell things on Ebay and donate the proceeds directly to Child's Play, you can purchase specific gifts on Amazon for kids at your local hospital, or you can go show support by volunteering at your local hospital. If you are strapped for cash and/or time, you can encourage your local news outlets (TV, paper) to do a story about Child's Play. I have donated some cash via PayPal and also purchased a few things on the Amazon wish lists and guess what? It felt good.
Child's Play is about helping sick kids, but it is also about showing the world (and press) that gamers are not antisocial crazy people that like to shoot innocent people at schools and churches. I know you guys enjoy playing the occasional video game, so I hope you can see why this is so important.
You can also donate over at Cheap Ass Gamer. They are having a raffle that gives donaters 1 entry for every $5 they donate through their donation widget. Some of the prizes are very nice and all of them are gaming related. I see a Premium HDMI Xbox 360, a Wii, a $500 Amazon gift certificate, and your choice of a DS Lite or PSP. Donate and win with CAG!