Microsoft Makes a Difference
April 24, 2008 11 Comments
Each and every one of us has the power to make a difference. Some people donate their time as they don’t have extra money. Other people donate their money as they don’t have extra time. Both of these factors are equally important when it comes to charities, and Microsoft has decided to go the financial route by digging into their deep pocketbook to help sick children.
Microsoft announced yesterday that they have teamed up with the Companions in Courage Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children and families who are overcoming life-threatening obstacles, in an effort to supply “hundreds of Xbox 360 game kiosks to playrooms in children’s hospitals across the United States, intended to provide a respite for young patients and be a catalyst for fun. In addition to select games, movies and television content, the Xbox 360 kiosks will provide access to a private network that allows hospitalized children across the country to play games and chat in a safety-enhanced environment over Xbox LIVE, the world’s largest social network connected to television.”
Following a similar mission as Child’s Play, I can attest that these programs do truly make a difference. You may think it is simply a gaming console in a different environment but you couldn’t be farther from the truth. I have gone through the experience of having a child in an extended stay in the pediatric intensive care unit. I have seen my son lay in a hospital bed, connected by wires to too many machines to count, tubes going in and out of various parts of his body, terrified because he has no idea what is going on regardless of how gently you try to explain it to him, scared to move because of everything attached to him, simply laying there in bed confused, scared, and sad for days on end. Anything that can take their mind off of their situation is a blessing. Anything that can make them roll over just slightly so they can see the screen is a blessing. Anything that can mentally give them a respite from their traumatizing ordeal is a blessing. It’s not just a console in that environment. As any parent who has had a child stay in the hospital before can attest to, it is so much more than that.
As I’ve read the comments on other websites that have already carried this story, I have been surprised by the amount of people that are belittling this contribution and criticizing Microsoft for making what they see as an apparent public relations move. All I have to say is who the fuck cares about that. Whether it was made for public relations or not, it does not lessen the impact it will have on these children’s experiences during a very difficult time. Regardless of the motives, a difference will be made thanks to the generosity of Microsoft. And in my book, that is all that matters.
Good for you Microsoft, good for you. From a parent who has been there, I thank you.