What is Gamers Outreach?
Founded by high school student Zach Wigal in 2008, Gamers Outreach is a charity organization that provides equipment, technology, and software to help kids cope with treatment while in the hospital.
That’s a great idea.
Isn’t it? They started as a group of high schoolers who loved playing video games…naturally. After spending an afternoon in a local hospital, they realized that video games would be a cool thing for kids to do if they had to stay in the hospital.
Why it’s important.
Having to stay in the hospital is bad enough as it is, but for kids it can be scary. Gamers Outreach helps aid the process by providing relief, socialization through gaming, and a sense of normalcy to kids and families forced to spend longer stints in the hospital.
Volunteers, called Player Twos, also visit the hospitals to play together with patients. Since rolling out the program in 2015, they’ve partnered with several hospitals, getting volunteers (called Player Twos) to distribute games to patients, provide minor tech support, and playing games with kids.
Sounds like a fun time.
Our friends over at LIFEAID thought so too and, they’ve teamed up with Gamers Outreach and Loot Crate, a monthly subscription box for gamers, to raise some money via a live stream this Saturday, July 28th at 12:00 PT. You can win prizes, chat with popular gamers like Jared Gilmore and Naomi Kyle. If you’re going spend all weekend playing video games, at least game for some good.