GRAPEVINE, Texas -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GameStop Corporation today announced the launch of the first-ever in-store donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish®. During the month of May, GameStop will be providing customers an opportunity to donate to Make-A-Wish with each in-store purchase they make. GameStop has a goal to raise at least $100,000 in charitable donations.
GameStop and Make-A-Wish have a long standing relationship, where the world’s leading video game retailer and more than 40,000 of its store associates have supported more than 1,000 video gaming and shopping spree wishes for wish kids. This year, in an effort to increase awareness and support for Make-A-Wish, GameStop has created an in-store donation program where all funds raised will go directly to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“We are honored to work with such a worthwhile charity, like Make-A-Wish,” said Rob Lloyd, chief financial officer of GameStop and Make-A-Wish North Texas board member. “Wish kids are such an inspiration to me personally, and I’m excited to be able to offer our loyal customers an opportunity to show their support for this great organization by giving to those children in need. The money we raise during the month of May will all go towards wish experiences, which have the potential to medically and psychologically change the lives of wish children forever.”
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. A wish is granted somewhere in the country, on average, every 38 minutes. Since the founding of Make-A-Wish, more than 240,000 children in the United States have benefited from the hope, strength and joy of having their one heartfelt wish granted.
“Wish experiences can be game-changers for both the children and their families, helping wish kids feel better mentally, and in some cases, even get better physically," said David Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. "We are thankful for the generous support of GameStop. By bringing strength and joy to wish kids across the country, GameStop is really taking its ‘Power to the Players’ slogan to a whole other level.”
Customers who shop at GameStop, www.GameStop.com or Spring Mobile beginning May 1, 2014 until May 31 will have the opportunity to donate $1 or more to Make-A-Wish with their purchase. As part of its in-store donation program, GameStop is committed to raising at least $75,000 in charitable donations on behalf of Make-A-Wish.
About GameStop Corp.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics, and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 6,600 stores across 15 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; www.buymytronics.com, an online consumer electronics trade-in platform; Spring Mobile, an authorized dealer of AT&T wireless services; and Simply Mac, the largest certified retailer of Apple’s full line of products.
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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.