On Wednesday, April 22, 2013, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center received a full-building multimedia upgrade thanks to Make Room for Kids (MR4K), an extension of Austin’s Playroom Project, which is an initiative of the Mario Lemieux Foundation. MR4K is funded by social media and local Microsoft employees.
This year, as the beneficiary of the MR4K initiative, The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center received Xbox and Kinect consoles with controllers and games, televisions and movies, Skype Units, computers, laptops and printers, to be used in patient rooms and playrooms in the three units of the Pediatric Specialty Hospital, inside Child’s Way Pediatric Extended Care Center, as well as in the living room spaces of the Lemieux Family Center and inside Austin’s Playroom.
“The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center had an exciting installation day and we are so grateful to everyone involved in the Make Room for Kids initiative for helping us give the children and families we serve more resources and technology to enhance their stays with us,” said Pamela Schanwald, CEO, The Children’s Home.
The Make Room for Kids initiative was created by Ginny Montanez of the popular Pittsburgh blog That’s Church, as a social-media driven fundraising effort. The Mario Lemieux Foundation became involved with MR4K, as an extension of their Austin’s Playroom Project, a program where the Mario Lemieux Foundation establishes playrooms in medical facilities. Local Microsoft employees, including Luke Sossi, Microsoft Enterprise Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic States District, were instrumental in the success of the project.
The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center thanks everyone involved in the Make Room for Kids initative and for the incredible donations to our organization.