Monday, May 18, 2015

HELP OUT: Make a Wish & Gamestop Partner Up And Donations Through May 31st Help Gravely Ill Kids' Wishes Come True

GameStop Set to Help Grant Even More Wishes with Second Annual 
Make-A-Wish® Donation Program

GameStop is asking customers to donate to Make-A-Wish and
help reach their $500,000 goal

GameStop helps make kids' wishes come true.


WORLDS COLLIDE ALERT: We love it when our favorites play nice together! ChiIL Mama has worked with both Make-A-Wish and with GameStop in the past on separate features and campaigns, and we're thrilled to announce they are partnering up on a fabulous fundraiser. Gamestop has a long-standing relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and you can help out. Their second-annual donation program runs through May 31st. As a result of the donation program, GameStop helps grant shopping wishes, with 335 shopping sprees granted just last year.

This year, GameStop had the opportunity to help grant a super-cool, over-the-top wish for a kid named Jahred Joyner who wished specifically to star in his own commercial for a video game company. Jahred is battling AGS leukodystrophy, an extremely rare genetic condition that affects the central nervous system, specifically impacting the amount of white matter in the brain. Jahred’s wish is now real, and you can see the awesome result below. To watch Jahred’s full interview, you can view it here.


From now through May 31, customers who shop at GameStop and GameStop.com will be able to donate $1, $5, $10 or more to the Make-A-Wish Foundation per purchase. Last year, GameStop raised $300,000 in the first annual donation program with Make-A-Wish and this year hopes to raise $500,000.

 GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, today announced expanded support for Make-A-Wish® by offering customers the opportunity to donate with any in-store and online purchase.

From May 1, through May 31, 2015, customers who shop at GameStop and www.GameStop.com will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5, $10, or more to Make-A-Wish per purchase. For every Make-A-Wish donation, GameStop will offer a bounce back coupon good for 10% off their next purchase of pre-owned games, and PowerUp Rewards members will receive triple PowerUp Rewards points on their donations. Additionally, this year, customers can also support the cause via in-store donations at Spring Mobile and Simply Mac, members of GameStop’s family of technology brands, and Kongregate customers will be able to donate via online transactions. Last year, GameStop raised $300,000, and this year, GameStop has a goal of raising $500,000 for Make-A-Wish.

“GameStop has a deep history with Make-A-Wish, and we are thrilled to have another opportunity to support such a meaningful organization,” said Rob Lloyd, chief financial officer of GameStop, and Make-A-Wish North Texas board member. “We know the power of granting a wish to children in need and are honored to give our customers the chance to feel the joy in helping to make wish kids’ wishes come true.”

GameStop participates in nearly one shopping spree wish per day somewhere in the U.S. In 2014, GameStop helped grant 335 shopping spree wishes at local GameStop stores.  Sometimes, a wish kid gets really creative. This year, GameStop had the opportunity to help grant a super-cool, over-the-top wish for a kid named Jahred Joyner who wished specifically to star in his own commercial for a video game company. You can watch Jahred’s commercial here. To watch Jahred’s full interview, you can view it here.

“Time and again, the wish experience has the potential to forever change not only the wish kid’s life, but also the lives of his or her family, friends and community,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. "When companies like GameStop and their customers dedicate their time and resources to help our organization, the impact is immeasurable to a wish kid; we are sincerely grateful for their charity and thoughtfulness.”



About GameStop
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 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; and Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes our Simply Mac and Spring Mobile businesses. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 60 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, http://springmobile.com, an authorized AT&T reseller, operates 361 AT&T branded wireless retail stores and 63 pre-paid wireless stores under the name Cricket Wireless, www.cricketwireless.com. General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/GameStop.



About Make-A-Wish
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 has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered 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 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.


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