The Starlight Children’s Foundation has a long history of philanthropic initiatives for children facing serious illness. Those efforts continued last week, as the organization continued its partnership with Nintendo by bringing the Nintendo Switch Gaming Station to hospitals and care facilities across the United States.
Founded in the early 1980s, the Starlight Children’s Foundation began by sponsoring trips to Disneyland and building fun, interactive spaces for critically ill children and their families. In partnership with Nintendo, the organization then founded its games program in 1992, bringing classic Nintendo consoles and properties to children across the country. Hospitals and healthcare facilities can sign up for the initiative, and thousands of children across the country have already been able to access their favorite video games, movies and TV shows through the collaboration.
In its latest effort, the Starlight Children’s Foundation has started providing Nintendo Switch play stations to the kids who need them most. Each station comes preloaded with some of Nintendo’s most beloved series like Super Mario Party and the Legend of Zelda. These stations are built to meet hospital safety protocols, so not only do they provide endless hours of entertainment, but they do so in a way that protects vulnerable children from infection.
The foundation’s announcement explains how difficult COVID-19 has been for some, whether or not they’ve experienced the virus. Game rooms in hospitals across the country provide welcome entertainment and distractions, but since the pandemic, these facilities have remained closed to prevent the spread. These play stations provide a means for hospital staff to safely disinfect and provide mobile entertainment for young patients.
This latest achievement is one of many accomplished by the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Nintendo, as the partnership has delivered 7,200 Nintendo game consoles to more than 800 hospitals across the United States. You can help the program continue its efforts by making a monthly donation or sponsoring local hospitals once for VR setups, Nintendo game stations, or Starlight-branded dresses.
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