Videogame community charity Child's Play has announced plans to expand its activities for the 2006 Christmas season by offering a helping hand to children's hospitals across North America and in the UK and Australia.
Child's Play will host a charity auction night on December 13 in Bellevue, Washington. Tickets are priced at USD 100, and the event will include a silent auction, live auction and dinner.
Items up for grabs will include signed and numbered game consoles from US gaming site Penny Arcade, the creators of which founded the charity, limited edition laser cels, tours of local developers such as Bungie and Wizards of the Coast and game collections. Attendees will also get to bid on the chance to see themselves featured in a Penny Arcade event.
All funds raised will go directly to the newly-expanded network of participating children's hospitals, which includes hospitals in more than a dozen US states, Toronto and Nova Scotia. Hospitals in the UK and Australia will join the network soon.
Now in its third year, Child's Play has raised nearly US 1 million in toys, games and cash for sick children through events such as its online toy drive and annual auctions.
The charity also works with Amazon.com to create wish lists where donors can choose to donate tax-deductible gifts ranging from toddlers' toys to CDs, games, consoles and accessories, which are then delivered directly to hospitals.
"Kids around the world speak the language of fun and games," said Robert Khoo of Child's Play.
"With the gamer community's continued generosity Child's Play is helping to raise the spirits of children during hospital stays."
Child's Play is seeking corporate donations for hospitals and auction items for the fundraising dinner - for more information, visit the Child's Play website.