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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.

Week 34-Decades, Day 7-1980’s

I most certainly was!

I have saved the best for last this week, obviously because I am an 80’s baby!  Anyone else who was born in the 80’s knows that pride I feel when I think about all the insanely cool, and occasionally useless but still fun, things that were popular during the decade.  Some of the things closest to my heart were the toys I played with as a youngster.  My extensive toy collection included but was not limited to; Cabbage Patch dolls, Glo Worms, Popples, My Little Ponies, Etch-a-Sketch, Lite Brite, Simon Says, Pound Puppies, and the very collectable Teddy Ruxpin.  Don’t get it twisted though, I had my fair share of electronic toys as well.  The original Nintendo Entertainment System, better known as NES, was a prized possession of mine along with the Super Mario Brothers game it came with.  Slap on the bracelets and tease up that perm cause we’re about to thank our lucky stars for the “greighties”!

Look at that happy face!

Most people automatically think of Christmas when they think about giving toys to children, but what about all their little birthdays?  Luckily the smart people of Cheerful Giving know how important birthday presents are to children who would normally not receive a gift.  Since CG began in 1994 they have given over 414,000 birthday gift bags to food pantries and shelters.  My favorite part of this charity is that they don’t actually give the gift bags to the children.  You may be confused but stick with me.  CG actually gives the gift bags to the parents who are living in poverty, so they are able to give their child a birthday present.  They believe that this simple little action boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth, and strengthens family bonds, and I’d tend to agree with them.  Even though I don’t have any children at the moment, I can imagine how my heart would break if I couldn’t buy them a birthday present because of my financial situation.  No parent or child deserves to feel like that.  You know what else parents and children never deserve?  Stupid cancer!  Zac Efron and some other pretty famous sports starts used their video gaming skills to help raise money for several charities earlier this year, including I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation.  i[2]y as they call themselves, was founded by and for young adults, ages 15-40, affected by cancer.  Their vision and goal is simple; save more lives and make sure that no survivors are left alone.  i[2]y empowers young people by building a strong community, improving their quality of life, as well as providing meaningful surviorship.  They’re also just really cool.  Named TIME Magazine Best 50 Websites, the Washington Post raves that “they provide a unparallelled resource for patients in their teens, 20s, and 30s.”  Us 80’s babies gotta stick together and kick cancer’s butt!

Cheerful Givers Donation

I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation Donation

So here’s to you 1980’s!  I love everything about you.  The music, the movies, the television shows, and especially the toys!  You showed us how to literally be business in the front and party in the back with the greatest hairstyle of all time, the mullet.  You were so popular you’re even making a comeback now with your leg warmers and side ponytails.  Actually, let’s not call it comeback, because you’re been here for years!

Just a few of my homies...