Make Room for Kids Update

Just wanted to take a few minutes on this GORGEOUS brisk Pittsburgh morning to tell you three things:

1.  Through monetary donations to the foundation, combined with the corporate match via Microsoft, the local Microsoft employees have kicked in one additional XBOX for the transplant floor, bringing the total to 20!  This means we only had to buy four XBOXs with the Make Room for Kids funds you donated.  That’s amazing and it is going to go so far in helping us get some Panasonic Toughbooks for the floor because let me tell you, Panasonic Toughbooks? They are not cheap.  If you know someone at Panasonic who can hook me and Mike up with a discount, I will buy you lunch and hug you hard.

2.  I’ve added a new Make Room for Kids page that you can access from the menu bar up there.  This is because I was getting lots of requests from readers/media asking if there was a place to go and read about what exactly Make Room for Kids is.  And my answer of, “Well, there’s a tag you can click and there’s like fourteen posts you can read and then there’s this and that and this and punch a pigeon and twirl around six times and click your heels and quack like a duck and pivot on the follow-through …”

It’s a fun little FAQ page to read and there are a few shout-outs some of you may be interested in.  Let me know if you think of any other FAQs I may have missed.

3.  Also, if you’ve donated to Make Room for Kids, you should feel very proud to click on this link that will swing you over to the official Mario Lemieux Foundation website where you’ll like what you see on the fourth screen that swipes through.

So thrilled for you! Because, as I tell everyone I meet, it’s not MY money, it is OUR money and it is not MY project, it is OUR project.  A gift from Burghers far and wide to kids we’ve never met but love just the same.

I’ll keep you posted as we near the date for delivery to the hospital.  It is not that far away.


  1. Boones Farm
    March 27, 2010 11:02 am

    Great work Virginia, the good news just grows and grows. Keep thinking “what else, what next?” Good luck!

  2. Steeler_tom
    March 27, 2010 12:32 pm

    Dang gurl!
    You are smokin’!
    Keep up the good work, Oh and It’s perfectly alright for you to take a little credit where credit is due. WIth out your legwork (and those cogs spinnin’ in your head) now of this would be possible.
    Take a bow Ginny

    (Huge applause)

  3. Sooska
    March 27, 2010 3:02 pm

    Great job on the FAQs *wink* and Thanks for your hard work, Ginny. It is amazing what you accomplished in such a short time.

  4. Politicalpartypooper
    March 27, 2010 5:36 pm


    Have you talked with anyone at Dell about their XFR, which is the toughest computer in the world? Yes, it’s expensive, but Dell works with Charities quite a bit and might be a better bet for quality and service. Plus, they’re American made, unlike Panasonic’s Toughbook.

  5. Dave Cochenour
    March 27, 2010 9:22 pm

    I think for all the hard work Ginny does you absolutely need to sign this petition. It’s to bring Zima back from the clutches of Japan. Do it for Ginny, who does it for the kids.