Team Xbox yesterday partnered with charity organization Gamers Outreach to provide 10 Xbox One GO (Gamers Outreach) Karts to hospitalized children in the Seattle Children’s Hospital this week. This is the largest donation in Gamers Outreach history.
The new kiosk are equipped with an Xbox One, monitor, controllers, and an assortment of games for the children to play, and are able to adjust to meet the patients needs.
Gamers Outreach aims to donate over 100 next generation GO Karts to hospitals this year, with 19 hospitals sporting a total of 36 first generation GO Karts.
Jennifer Baker, child life specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital stated:
“I have the pleasure of working with patients and their families in the ICU and often use the GO Kart system. The GO Karts have been a valuable resource in providing entertainment, distraction and normalization for these patients. It is an honor to be receiving such a generous gift knowing how much joy these bring our patients at Seattle Children’s.”
Head of Xbox marketing for Microsoft, Aaron Greenberg, led the effort to raise more than $12k to fund the GO Karts donation, commenting:
“These kids cannot go outside to play, and many can’t even leave their beds, so gaming serves as a key way for them to bring joy, laughter and fun to their lives, at a time when they need it more than ever. I am incredibly touched by the response from Team Xbox employees as well as our gaming community online who helped raise and support what was needed to bring all 10 Xbox GO Karts to Seattle Children’s Hospital.”
The ultimate goal of the charity organization is to place at least one kiosk in every hospital across the country.
Anyone can support Gamers Outreach by visiting ?gamersoutreach.org/donate?. There, you can make a contribution, sign-up to volunteer, or start your own fundraising campaign to donate a GO Kart to a children’s hospital in your community.