Make Room For Kids

Make Room for Kids (MR4K) began as a social media-driven fundraising effort by That’s Church blogger Virginia Montanez designed to bring gaming to sick children in medical facilities.

Local Microsoft employees heard about the effort and decided to lend their support. The money raised through MR4K campaigns is used to provide Xbox consoles, kiosks, controllers and games to medical facilities chosen by Virginia and her readers. MR4K is now an official extension of the Austin’s Playroom Project at the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Learn more about how MR4K started here. In 2017, we will outfit the 36 beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s Hospital with new Xbox Ones and preloaded games. To date, MR4K has raised over $150,000 from blog readers, local Microsoft employees, and other generous donations and donated close to 300 XBOX consoles to units in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, as well as the entirety of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center and the pediatric unit at Allegheny General. The Mario Lemieux Foundation got involved with this project as an extension of their Austin’s Playroom Project, a program where the Lemieux Foundation establishes playrooms in medical facilities. To find out more information about Make Room for Kids or make a donation, click here.

The project has raised over $175,000 from blog readers, local Microsoft employees, Genre’s Kids with Cancer Fund, and other generous supporters, which helped to provide over 340 XBOX consoles to units in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, as well as the entirety of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center and the pediatric unit at Allegheny General.

Microsoft’s Pittsburgh office has been one of the driving forces in Make Room for Kids since inception. Their goal has been improving the quality of stay and in some cases care, through technology. Pittsburgh employees and employees from across the country have joined in on the fundraising efforts and contribute roughly half of the money raised for Make Room for Kids. In addition, Microsoft employees install the devices throughout patient units and playrooms in Children’s Hospital. This project is part of the roughly $125 million raised by employee donations and corporate donations in support of nonprofits and schools around the world.

To find out more information about Make Room for Kids or make a donation, click here.

How Did Make Room for Kids Get Started?

Latest Technology Installation

PICU at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

In 2017, we outfitted the 36 beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s Hospital with new Xbox Ones and preloaded games. Each room on the unit was outfitted so that patients have access to gaming and other multimedia resources during their hospital stays. In addition, the Marty Ostrow Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Center received updated games and movies.  

MR4K's Impact

The following locations and units have received a technology makeover from Make Room for Kids:

Make Room for Kids impact

  • 2017 – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s Hospital
  • 2016 – Patient Unit at Children’s Hospital
  • 2015 – Infusion Center and Pediatric Dialysis Unit at Children’s Hospital
  • 2014 – Cardiology Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), and Trauma, Orthopedics and Neurosurgery Unit at Children’s Hospital
  • 2013 – The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center
  • 2012 – Allegheny General Hospital Pediatric In-Patient Unit
  • 2012 – Oncology Unit at Children’s Hospital
  • 2011 – Adolescent Medicine Unit at Children’s Hospital
  • 2010 – Transplant Unit at Children’s Hospital