Long Island Charities to Stream for PS4's for Pediatric Patients

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Via Newsday- "Two Long Island charities are running a video game "telethon" Friday to raise funds to buy Sony PlayStation consoles for hospital pediatric units.

The Michael Magro Foundation, based in Hicksville, and the Spencer Foundation, based in Huntington, got the idea to tap game players in January from Molloy College business students assigned to assist the charities.

What emerged is "Operation Playcation," which is scheduled to run from noon to midnight Friday on Twitch.tv, a web site owned by Amazon.com. Twitch streams let viewers watch as skilled players play games online.

The goal is to raise funds to install 60 PlayStation 4 game consoles, games and controllers for the pediatric units of NYU Winthrop Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital. About 15 already have been installed, said Spencer Foundation president Jeanine Spencer, who estimates the total cost for 60 at about $40,000."

As a native Long Islander and gamer, this story fills my heart with joy. It’s great to see local charities becoming involved with the gaming community to bring about positive change, especially for children who could use a pick-me-up. Pediatric patients don’t have the same opportunities to interact with their peers like other children, and they can feel isolated as a result. Going through chemotherapy is a draining process and being stuck in the hospital for extended periods of time is no walk in the park either. This will allow these kids to just be kids. They can talk with their friends and play a variety of games, allowing them to feel connected with their peers and have some fun. Charity livestreams are not new to the world of Twitch, and they can be a great way for charities to raise money for their causes. The live stream is scheduled to take place this Friday. You can learn more about Operation: Playcation! at their website.