I’m going to take some time now to write about that stupid football game, but for now, I wanted to let you know that Mike and I spent some time this morning at Children’s Hospital, where we met up with Nancy of the Mario Lemieux Foundation to drop off all of the goodies we purchased with your money for Make Room for Kids.
A little photo tour of about $12,000 worth of stuff, shall we?
DVD players … we donated five of these with individual cases:
DS Lites with Nerf cases for protection. My son has dropped his DS down the stairs and it hasn’t been harmed because of the Nerf case. Love them. There are six of those that we donated.
You can also see a selection of the games we purchased there.
These movies were donated by reader Kim who had a party at her home and asked her guests to bring a family movie for donation. Isn’t that awesome?
More XBox games!
Mike, worshipping at the altar of the iPad. Shhh. Reverence.
As you know, we purchased five iPads for the transplant ward and then Mike facilitated a donation of these Defender Otter Box cases which will help protect the iPads should the kids accidentally drop them or whatnot. Here they are in their cases.
Here’s the library, all nicely tucked away in the IKEA carts!
And the sign-out sheet. Of course it was filled with names, but we flipped to a blank page for privacy reasons:
The four ToughBooks. Indestructible, we’re hoping.
Leapsters. There are three of those, with lots of games for the younger kids who might not be ready for a DS.
The whole enchilada:
Some of the best moments of my life have happened within the virtual walls of Make Room for Kids, and for that I really can’t thank you enough. You’ve not only gifted the kids with these tangibles, but you’ve gifted me with a very priceless intangible.
Now, that’s Phase II, as Phase I was the XBOX install with Microsoft. Phase II is 95% completed and by that I mean that we’ll continue to monitor the situation to see if any other needs arise in the transplant ward for perhaps more games or equipment. In addition, we’re working to set up a way for the hospital to access apps for the iPads without dipping into their own funds, whether that means we seek a donation from Apple or that we provide Child Life with a pool of money for app purchases, we’re not sure yet.
Phase III … just you wait and see. You won’t believe what has already happened and what we hope to do from there.