Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Carolinas received a $34,000 grant from Child’s Play Charity, a game industry charity, to provide digital play touch tables to partner hospitals. This grant was combined with an in-kind donation of one addition touch table and 10 touch table games donated byAFTER-MOUSE.COM, a leader in multi-touch applications, as part of their PLAY for Good program. Together, this support allowed RMHC of the Carolinas to secure five digital gaming tables that feature educational and fun games for children to use during their visits or stays at the hospital.
“We are so thrilled to be able to give these play touch tables to our partner hospitals,” said Marti Spencer. “These tables are an extension of our mission here at the Ronald McDonald House. Our goal is to keep families close to their critically ill or injured child receiving treatment, while also providing a home like atmosphere for families to feel comfortable in. It takes a lot of strength for children to be in hospitals for visits or long periods of time, so we wanted them to ultimately still feel like a kid and play games they would in their own home. These play touch tables allow just that.”
With the support of AFTER-MOUSE.COM’s PLAY for Good program, RMHC of the Carolinas discovered Child’s Play Charity, a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children in hospitals and domestic abuse shelters around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game community and the power of play. The support of the PLAY for Good team and generosity of Child’s Play allowed RMHC of the Carolinas to secure five multi-player digital touch tables, and this week presented three tables to its partner hospitals: St. Francis’ Adolescent Young Adult Cancer Center, Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital and Shriner’s Hospital for Children Greenville. The play touch tables will be placed in the lobby of each hospital and will be used by the Child Life Department and pediatric patients during their visit or stay. The two remaining play touch tables will be used inside the Ronald McDonald House and its new expansion. Each digital gaming table features over 15 collaborative and educational children’s games.
“AFTER-MOUSE.COM launched the PLAY for Good program to help connect organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas with our network of partners in an effort to bring the benefits of collaborative touch table play to children and their families around the world,” says Amanda Pope, Director of the PLAY for Good program. “We are so pleased to see RMHC of the Carolinas take the support they received and extend it beyond their House into the local hospitals, where so many pediatric patients and families must spend their time.”
About RMHC of the Carolinas:
RMHC of the Carolinas’ mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Since 1989, the Chapter has provided support to more than 11,000 families through the Ronald McDonald House program. More than a room, the House serves as a quiet place for families to be alone or as a place of companionship, sharing and emotional support with other families who are also caring for a sick child being treated at nearby hospitals. To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, visit www.RMHC-Carolinas.org.