In the spirit of this holiday season, I wanted to post something about one of my favorite charities: Child’s Play. Child’s Play provides toys and games for hospitals and therapy facilities. Nothing tears at my heart like a sick child and providing them with toys and games to play with may not seem like much, but it helps take their minds off  the very serious challenges they face and brings a little bit of normal to a situation that is anything but.

Here’s a bit more about how Child’s Play works (taken from their website):

Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.

Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.

I realize times are tough, but if you have a little extra and Child’s Play sounds like I worthy cause to you, I encourage you to head over to and see if there is a hospital near you that could use some help or maybe donate to Child’s Play directly. I am also proud to announce that Binary Formations is a corporate sponsor of Child’s Play.