I thought you guys might be interested in a snippet from this media advisory released by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh:
Children’s Hospital Transplant Unit Gets Multimedia Makeover Thanks to “Make Room for Kids” Project
WHAT: The transplant unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is getting a multimedia makeover thanks to Make Room for Kids, a social media-driven fundraising project, and local Microsoft employees.
Working with the Mario Lemieux Foundation, the group partnered to raise money and donations to outfit the transplant unit with gaming and laptops. On Thursday, April 29, they will deliver 24 Xbox consoles, two Xbox kiosks, extra controllers and dozens of games to the hospital’s transplant unit. Each patient room on the transplant unit will be outfitted so that all patients have access to gaming and computers during their hospitalizations.
Make Room for Kids chose the transplant unit for their multimedia project because patients on that are unit often in isolation due to their compromised immune systems. Their average length of stay is nearly five weeks.
Make Room for Kids was started by Ginny Montanez of the popular Pittsburgh blog That’s Church, who encouraged her readers to donate. In a week, they raised more than $15,000 for the patients at Children’s Hospital.
Local Microsoft employees, including Luke Sossi, heard about the effort and donated the Xbox consoles, controllers, games, etc. on their own. The money raised will be used to buy laptops and other items that will be delivered at a later date.
So yeah, TOMORROW IS THE DAY! We’ll wrap up Phase I, which is get the XBOXs into the rooms. The staff at Children’s has been hard at work for two weeks getting every transplant room ready for an XBOX.
Thanks to Microsoft employees who will be on hand and who have been working on this for weeks, we’re going to actually install every XBOX tomorrow. Not just going to drop some boxes off and leave. We’ll be going into each room on the transplant floor and giving those kids some gaming. Well, Microsoft and Mike will be. I’ll be standing behind them, taking pictures and cheering them on, on your behalf.
The games, extra controllers, and forthcoming laptops, handhelds, and yes, iPads!, will be kept secure in awesome rolling/locking carts being donated by IKEA Pittsburgh.
Once this Phase I is wrapped up tomorrow, Mike and I will work with the Mario Lemieux Foundation staff to purchase the remaining needed items and to leave a pool of your money in the fund for upkeep/maintenance of the donated equipment and also to replenish game and movie stock, leaving the transplant floor in pretty good shape.
I’ll get lots of pictures and video and stuff and I’ll post them tomorrow afternoon so you can see for yourself how our little project is progressing.
And I’m going to try very very very very … VERY hard not to cry tomorrow.
Wish me luck with that.