Sandbox Gaming started by raising money for Children's charities through our 80-hour gaming marathon live-streams in 2010. We strongly believe in supporting charities that promote play and development for children and youth and we do just that. We have raised a total of over $120,000 for 10 different charities since our founding in 2010.
In 2016, we changed the way we select charities and are now raising money all year round. We introduced a charity application for organization to apply and from there we have our Board of Directors and Committee members vote for their choices. This year, we will select three charities which will benefit from our new program. The following proceeds go towards our charity fund. 100% of donations from our summer and winter marathons go towards the fund as does a portion of sales from our Spring and Fall events!
2021 CHARITY FUND
Easter Seals NL
Easter Seals NL has developed life-changing programs and resources for persons with disabilities with the intention of engaging, inspiring, and empowering. By use of these facilities, Easter Seals hopes to create a world where persons with disabilities are able to live a full, active, and healthy life.
The programs developed by Easter Seals strive to give persons with disabilities an environment where they are able to fully and accessibly participate in sports and other events. The programs are designed to give children and youth the opportunity to fulfill dreams they never thought possible. Easter Seals believes that with the right amenities and approach, there is nothing that a person with a disability cannot accomplish.
Children and youth who have had the opportunity to experience the Easter Seals programs have demonstrated improvements in social skills, self esteem, and physical strength and abilities. The programs are specifically fitted to each individual need, and thereby provide conceivable growth of their sense of ability and their confidence.
We have worked with Easter Seals NL since the summer of 2012 and are very pleased to work with them again in the coming year.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Newfoundland and Labrador is an organization that provides sick kids and their families/caregivers with a home to stay in while they get the medical care they need in St. John's. Aiming to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the House is decorated and furnished with children in mind.
With the help of volunteers in our community, as well as from community organizations and corporations, RMHC aims to provide the best they can for families in need. With programs such as the Home for Dinner Program, their Magic Room Program, and their recreation program, they ensure that the families they help can focus on what they need, accessing the medical resources their child needs.
2020 was the first year we worked with Ronald McDonald House Charities, and we've always been excited to see what we can help them accomplish!
The Autism Society NL is a provincial charitable organization dedicated to promoting the development of individual, lifelong, and community-based supports and services for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families, and caregivers. Their vision is a province where people with ASD and their families are respected, and where they receive services and supports based on their individualized differences, needs and preferences.
At the Elaine Dobbin Centre in St. John's they offer programming options for individuals with ASD and their family members. These programs include such options as Transitions, Social Thinking, Adult Leisure, Social Club, and community based Therapeutic Recreation. The ASNL is also active in awareness raising, advocacy, and outreach across the province for all individuals and families affected by ASD.
We started working with the Autism Society in 2019 and we are happy to help support their efforts!