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Childs Play charity toy drive in full swing

The Childs Play children's charity, established by the creators of the Penny Arcade comic strip and now in its third successful year of operation, has announced the overwhelming success of its 3rd annual toy drive.

The Child's Play children's charity, established by the creators of the Penny Arcade comic strip and now in its third successful year of operation, has announced the overwhelming success of its 3rd annual toy drive.

Games industry individuals have so far purchased more than 90 GameCube consoles, 95 PS2s, 79 Nintendo DS handhelds, 153 Game Boy Advance SP systems, 30 Xbox bundles, 26 LeapPads, 30 MP3 players and 49 DVD players, in addition to hundreds of board games, building sets, books, videos, toys, videogame software and accessories. The items will be distributed to sick children in one of 20 hospitals partnered with the Child's Play charity.

The non-profit organisation is also holding a Fund Raiser Dinner Auction at the Meydenbauer Centre in Bellevue, Washington on December 13th. Tickets are still available, priced USD 100. The evening will feature a silent auction, dinner and a live auction, with highlights including several Xbox 360 console and software bundles, iPod nanos customized with the Blizzard logo, tours of local developers Bungie and Wizards of the Coast, World of Warcraft collectibles and an appearance in a Penny Arcade comic strip.

Established in 2003, the Child's Play organisation originally benefited the Seattle Children's Hospital, though the number of benefactors today has grown to more than 20 children's hospitals throughout North America and Canada. Working in conjunction with Amazon.com wish lists for participating hospitals are created and individual donors can then choose to give new items ranging from toddler toys to music CDs, videogames, game consoles and accessories.

Gifts are delivered directly to hospitals in need and are tax deductible as denoted by law. Child's Play does not keep any administrative fees and all proceeds go directly to participating hospitals. The organisation is currently developing a worldwide network of beneficiary hospitals to extend the charity internationally.

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