Charity unites gamers
Friday, December 7, 2007
By Alana Duffle
Christian University students are striving to make this holiday season
the best possible for many children. Some students are purchasing books
for children at Western Village; others are donating money to ensure
that hospitalized children have a good Christmas.
Eagle Gaming Group, IT Services and Alpha Gamma Omega have partnered to raise money for Child’s Play this holiday season.
“Child’s Play is a non-profit organization created by the web-comic
Penny Arcade, and sponsored by several companies primarily from the
gaming and computer industries. Its main goal is to provide video
games and other similar forms of entertainment for children in
hospitals across the nation,” senior Michael Duncan said.
Child’s Play has been improving Christmas for children nationwide
since 2003. This is the first year Oklahoma Christian students have
been officially involved with the organization.
“We saw a need for this kind of program at Oklahoma Christian and
thought we could fill it. There are a lot of people on campus who we
knew would help out. We didn’t have much time to plan and advertise
our participation in Child’s Play this year. We hope next year will be
bigger,” junior student sponsor Michael McTee said.
Child’s Play is not a typical toy drive. Because the toys will be
going to hospitals, they are unable to accept used items. Instead,
they encourage participants to donate money so new toys can be
purchased. Child’s Play is partnered with Amazon, so students who wish
to donate an actual toy can purchase an item off the wish list found
“I think it’s neat that the kids have picked these toys out and they
put them on their wish lists. This way, they are guaranteed to like
the toy, instead of getting stuck with toys nobody else wants,” Chief
Technology Officer John Hermes said.
Child’s Play also helps improve the negative stereotype of gamers.
Video games have been getting a lot of bad media representation lately
and are being blamed for lots of crime and violence. However, gamers
are improving this negative reputation by participating in positive
programs like Child’s Play.
“Child’s Play not only benefits children by making their stay in a
hospital a little less painful, but it also helps dispel some of the
negative attention gamers have been receiving lately,” Duncan said.
Donations will be accepted at the IT HelpDesk until December 14, 2007.
“We will be taking the money that is donated and purchasing toys
that are listed on the wish lists,” sophomore student sponsor William
Students can also help by spreading the word.