“You play and I’ll watch the movie,” said the 4-year-old boy. The movie was actually the computer game, Plants vs. Zombies, and I was being commanded to continue playing so my new friend could watch what happened next. This boy, along with several other children and parents, participated in the WildTangent Game Night at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle. Kids of all ages also played Polar Bowler and Bejeweled 3 on the ten laptops set up in the facility that houses over 700 families each year.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska provides a home-away-from-home for families from Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana who have children with a serious illness and are being treated at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. The RMHC provides families with a place to escape from stress, and give and receive support from other families in the same situation.
Check out this video about the Hartle family from Montana about their experience at the house.
The Seattle Ronald McDonald House has three buildings for the families, which include a bone marrow transplant apartment for children who need additional precautions. The Seattle House welcomes volunteers who provide a variety of services for the families from cooking dinner to sponsoring an activity night. If you’d like to help, you can learn how to donate or volunteer here.
The WildTangent team is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help the families at the RMHC. Along with the game night, we donated an iPad loaded with Polar Bowler 1st Frame and WildCoin cards to be used in the computer lab. During the activity, we heard screeches of laughter when a someone got a strike on Polar Bowler, claps of high-fives when a high-score was achieved and, of course, the orders to, “Keep playing, keep playing!”