Begun in 2003 in part because of some attacks in the mainstream media on gamers, the team at the Penny Arcade web comic strip began the Child's Play charity, which offers cash, games and other toys to children's hospitals. Since the first year, where just one hospital received donations, the charity has grown to many, many hospitals around the world. Currently the organization has raised over $4 million since its inception.
Child's Play is currently in the middle of its annual charity drive which will include an auction on Dec, 9 in Seattle filled with unique items from the game industry. Big Download got more info on their efforts via a chat with Penny Arcade project manager Kristin Lindsay.