Active This Year Between March 4 to May 20 2024!

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Support Ottawa's CHEO Foundation

Donate your unused video games, trading cards and collectibles to support CHEO

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Deliver your donations to one of our drop locations around the city! Get Directions below!

Have questions? Call or email us  613-702-5022

What is the Games For Life Campaign?

The Games For Life Campaign is a donation in-kind opportunity for those looking to support the CHEO Foundation, by trading-in their unused video game, trading card or collectible collections. The Games For Life Campaign Will Be Active This Year Between March 4 to May 20 2024.

How does this work?

Donations are made by delivering item collections to your nearest drop-off location found in your community. Donated items are then processed at our sorting facility to determine a cash trade-in value. Cash proceeds then have the option to be split evenly between the donor (you), and CHEO, or to be sent in full to CHEO.

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We are currently accepting the following donated items:

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Video Games

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Pokemon Cards

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Magic Cards

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Toys & Collectibles

How much do I get for my items? How much is donated to CHEO?

Item trade-in values are assessed within 1-4 weeks of drop off by a team of pricing specialists. The trade-in value of your items are determined by a combination of item quantity, rarity, condition, and other factors to ultimately land on a final trade-in cash value. Final values are not guaranteed, and in some instances, items which are damaged or partially missing may result in zero trade-in value. 

For more information on our valuation process, please refer to our sell/trade page.

Cash payouts are then optionally paid in one of two ways: (A) 50% of trade-in value is sent to donors by cheque in the mail with the other 50% of trade-in value being sent to CHEO, or (B) 100% of cash trade-in value is sent directly to CHEO. You may choose your payout option at the time of drop off.

Do you give donated items to kids at CHEO?

No, this is a donation in-kind campaign. Items are donated to GT Games in contribution to the Games For Life Campaign. GT Games then generates a cash payout based on the assessed trade-in value which is sent to support the CHEO foundation.

Last year during the 2023 campaign, we donated over $2,300 to CHEO. We are looking to double that in the 2024 campaign!

Who runs this campaign?

The Games For Life Campaign is run by GT Games, a local game store in Almonte ON who specializes in selling new & used video games, trading cards, toys and collectibles.

Save time and download our donation form in advance. Please fill out the form and bring it along with you during drop-off.

For questions and more information:
613 702 5022

Pokemon Donations

Video Game Donations

Magic Card Donations

Big Donations!

Sorted at our Facilities

Meet GT Games

Locally owned and operated in Almonte, GT Games is North America’s best new way to buy new and used video games, trading cards, and collectibles.

Mission & Vision

Mission: At the heart of the Games For Life Campaign is our unwavering commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of the young patients at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). We strive to harness the power of generosity within our community by encouraging individuals to transform their unused video games, trading cards, and collectibles into meaningful contributions that directly support the vital healthcare services provided by CHEO. Through this initiative, we aim to create a lasting impact on the well-being of these children, fostering hope, joy, and healing.

Vision: Our vision for the Games For Life Campaign is to cultivate a community-driven movement where the simple act of donating unused video games, trading cards, and collectibles becomes a powerful force for good. We envision a future where every contribution, no matter how small, has the potential to bring comfort and relief to the young patients at CHEO. By seamlessly blending the passion for gaming and collectibles with a profound sense of social responsibility, we aspire to create a ripple effect of positive change. Together, we can build a brighter tomorrow for the children of Ottawa, fostering a community united in compassion, empathy, and the shared belief that every child deserves a chance at a healthier, happier life.