While we love technology and the pace of innovation, we need to also ensure that we’re advancing society in a meaningful and sustainable way. Doing so while helping kids afflicted with serious illness seems like a great way to help make a difference.
Dana Point, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 15-20 percent of the 50 million tons e-waste produced each year is recycled, while the rest of these electronics go directly into landfills and incinerators.
Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, with more than 1,500 expected to die as a result of the disease. Leukemias and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of childhood cancers.
That’s why DonateGames, the California-based charity that collects and sells used video games and donates all proceeds to fund programs for children afflicted with disease, created GameChanger Charity. With the motto of “Help Kids: Donate Devices,” the new GameChanger program is a platform that provides a simple and easy way to keep old electronics out of landfills and steer the funds generated by recycling toward quickly benefitting kids who are afflicted with deadly disease.
“DonateGames has long sought innovative ways to help improve the lives of the thousands of children diagnosed with life-threatening diseases,” said Jim Carol, founder of DonateGames and the GameChanger Charity. “When I saw the photos of children in China scavenging through landfills filled with hazardous materials from discarded electronics, I immediately thought of the sick kids that we’ve helped who are of the same age. When I then learned that an estimated $34 billion in mobile devices alone sit idle in drawers of American homes, I knew that we needed to figure out a way to make a difference.”
Carol sought out a strategic partnership with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), one of the largest electronics recyclers in the United States. They developed a program that allows those with spare electronics – including mobile phones, MP3 players and other portable devices – to donate via an online “order” system. All that’s required is for the donator to indicate the device and GameChanger will send them a self-addressed, postage-paid return envelope for easy mailing.
Donated electronics will be received at GameChanger’s processing center and warehouse, providing a secure and transparent chain of custody. For devices that contain memory, GameChanger enacts a rigorous procedure with data destruction that provides security and prepares each item for recycling or resale. The a chain of custody is designed to provide peace of mind to donors, as well as a guarantee that non-working units will not be shipped to landfills or overseas. For all bulk and low value electronics donated, ERI will convert electronics into money that pays for programs that help children afflicted with deadly diseases. Any recyclable items not included in the online “order” system can be donated at one of ERI’s convenient recycling centers.
For corporations who want to help, GameChanger and ERI will make arrangements to conveniently manage all large donations of new and used electronics. Those interested can call (800) 880-2828 or send an email to info(at)gamechangercharity(dot)org to get started. GameChanger provides a secure chain of custody along with Basel-compliant e-waste services as well as an itemized receipt of donations for tax records.
Added Carol: “This is the perfect campaign to make the world better for kids today and tomorrow. We’re making it easier for those who have electronics sitting around to donate old mobile phones, stereo equipment, televisions and other devices. Not only will they be helping to keep hazardous materials out of the ground, but they’ll also be benefitting kids who really need our help.”
“While we love technology and the pace of innovation, we need to also ensure that we’re advancing society in a meaningful and sustainable way. Doing so while helping kids afflicted with serious illness seems like a great way to help make a difference.”
About DonateGames and GameChanger Charity
With the support of gaming companies such as Xbox and Activision, DonateGames has collected donated videogames and gear, converting those used items into hundreds of thousands of dollars for children with life-threatening illnesses. The organization recently introduced the GameChanger Charity with the expanded objective of saving the planet while helping kids with significant illness. The charity was founded by serial entrepreneur Jim Carol and his son Taylor, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2007. Taylor’s cancer is now in remission and he is an incoming freshman at Harvard later this fall.
Prior to founding DonateGames, Jim co-founded Packetvideo, a successful mobile phone software start- up company. He currently serves on several not-for-profit boards, including the Orange County Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Given his background, Jim created a charity to operate like a business, but with the sole interest of dedicating the output into funds that help others. According to Jim, it only seemed natural to create a software platform so that people could donate new or used electronics easily and efficiently.