Recently, we announced all proceeds from the sale of Xbox FanFest tickets will be donated to a charity. Today, we are excited to announce that every dollar from FanFest attendees will go to Gamers Outreach to help bring gaming to children’s hospitals. They’re a great organization which has enriched many lives across the country, and we couldn’t be prouder to be working with them.
Gamers Outreach was founded in 2007 and is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment inside hospitals. The organization aims to inspire and heal patients through interactive play. Gamers Outreach’s focus is to support kids and teens throughout the healing process as they undergo treatment in hospitals. They equip nurses and child life specialists with the means to make activities and technology accessible. Their ultimate goal is to create sustainable experiences that produce joy and minimize trauma for patients. Gamers Outreach currently supports nearly 50 children’s hospitals in the US and Canada, benefitting more than 400,000 children per year, with commitments to support over 800,000 children across 200 hospitals.
Funds from Xbox FanFest tickets will go towards helping Gamers Outreach build special FanFest editions “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts) to place in children’s hospitals. These karts will feature a photo of everyone who attends FanFest this year to ensure that all of the patients who use these karts know that they’re not alone during their fight. As FanFest is about paying it forward to Xbox fans all around the world, now Xbox fans have the chance to pay it forward to others.
We’re extremely excited to be working closely with Gamers Outreach, and we’re very proud of the groundswell of support we’ve seen from gamers who have been asking about how they can help outside of Xbox FanFest. If you’d like to learn more about Gamers Outreach or donate to them, I encourage you to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or visit their website.
It’s an exciting time to be working at Xbox, and we look forward to sharing more about our charitable engagement plans very soon!
If you would like to donate to Gamers Outreach, go here.