Hi, everyone! Quazo here. I wanted to tell you all about a very special charity called Child’s Play. It was created by my webcomic heroes, Mike & Jerry from Penny Arcade. Child’s Play donates toys and games (as well as cash donations for toys and games) to children’s hospitals all over the world, including one very close to me, the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital (Click here to see their toy wishlist.)
I’ve always felt very fortunate that, while growing up, my brother, sister and I were never those kids who had to make frequent visits to the hospital. In fact, we were unusually healthy; Blame our parents and all their vegetables. Anyway, I know that many children are not so lucky. All too often, children have to practically live in the hospital, some never being fortunate enough to leave. Providing toys and games to these kids may not be the cure to what ails them, but at that age, toys and games are more than just things to occupy their minds, they’re a sign of normalcy. A hospital can be a pretty scary place at any age, and having something like a copy of Cooking Mama or Little Big Planet (two items on the wishlist of the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital! Hint hint!) can help ease the fears of these kids and teens.
Not only can these help ease the fears of the kids going through treatment, but it can also help the parents, too. I am not a parent, nor am I anywhere near ready to be one, so I cannot even begin to imagine the mental anguish the moms and dads of these children must be going through. They’re the ones who have to put on the bravest faces of all and tell their kids that everything’s going to be alright, even when they themselves don’t know that for certain. Knowing that a visit to the hospital, no matter how long the duration, can be made easier with these toys and games must feel like an immense load off the shoulders of these parents.
This is where we come in, folks. If you’ve been thinking of donating money to me or Chad to help fund the site, while we thank you immensely for your gratitude, we ask that you instead give it to Child’s Play. The comic is going to be here for a long time, and I am capable of funding the hosting fees myself. Even if we did get to a point where we couldn’t afford a site, there are still plenty of ways of getting the comic out to you folks. Again, give your donations to Child’s Play. The kids in the hospital need it more than we do.
I’m going to sweeten the pot, folks. For the rest of the year, if you send me a screencap of a toy/game/cash donation over $5 to Child’s Play, I will do a personalized sketch for you. Drawn, inked, colored and everything. It can be of you or a friend/family member if you like! Just be sure to include the words “Child’s Play” somewhere in the title of your email so I don’t think of it as a spam message. The benefit of this is threefold: First and foremost, any donation to the charity benefits these kids. Secondly, it benefits you because you get a kickass sketch to love and cherish forever (or give it as a gift for someone else, just in time for the holidays!) Thirdly, it benefits me because it keeps my artistic flow going and keeps me on my game! Above all else, though, it benefits sick kids and teens who need it.
I understand that with the way the job market is, as well as with the rush of holiday shopping, money can be tight around this time of year, so any amount you can give is still appreciated and still makes a difference, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Please donate, folks. You’ll be helping not just kids, but entire families going through something nobody should ever have to endure.