It's all about the little things…

Week 51-Meet me in… Day 6-The car

Woo hoo games!

Well six hours later we are officially in NC!  I love being home.  Especially when it’s been three whole months since I’ve been here.  I know that doesn’t sound like a long time to some people, but for me, it is.  I love being with my family, and seeing all my friends when I come home.  I also really don’t mind the car ride.  In fact, I kind of enjoy it.  It gives me time to think or read or play games that I would normally be too busy to do.  Somehow being trapped in a car for hours on end gives me the permission I need to relax and do whatever I want.

One of the best parts of taking a road trip as kids (and even as an adult for me) are the games you get to play and bring with you.  Donate Games works hard to be sure that children with rare diseases can play all the video games their little hearts desire.  DG collects new and used video games and gear and repurposes them so they come back to life for their new owners.  Started in 2008, DG has grown tremendously over the past three years and has donated more than 3,000 new video games to hospitalized kids.  Jim Carol was inspired to give back  after his son was diagnosed with a fatal form of leukemia, and he saw the joy and comfort video games brought into his son’s life.  DG teams up with other charitable organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, XBox, and EA Sports.  If you’re feeling especially moved by DG’s cause, you can sign up to host your own game drive!  DG will hook you up with all the posters, collection boxes, and pick-up arrangements.  Child’s Play is another organization that uses the power of the video gaming community to benefit sick children.  CP has a network of over 70 hospitals world-wide where they donate toys, books, and video games to help brighten the day of kids who could really use a burst of sunshine.  CP works in two ways.  They work with their network of hospitals and their staffs to set up gift wish lists full of all kinds of fun stuff.  If you click on a hospital location on their website you can see the list and send a gift of your choice.  CP also accepts monetary donations that they put towards purchasing new consoles and games so children and their families have an enjoyable distraction from their otherwise uncomfortable situation.  Life is too short not to play games! 

Donate Games Donation

Child’s Play Donation

So here’s to you cars!  You give us the perfect excuse to kick back, relax, and be a kid again!  Unless we’re driving and then we should definitely be an adult and pay attention.  The ABC game, the name game, Eye-Spy, you name it and most people have probably played it at one time or another in the car.  Thanks for being one big arcade on wheels.  I’m pretty sure I hear the sound of parents everywhere agreeing with me.

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