Win an Xbox 360 and Help Local Children’s Hospitals

Reed Robinson was feeding his horses when he was kicked in the head, which lead to bleeding inside and outside of his brain. While in the hospital, Reed had a portion of his skull removed, and was put into medically induced coma to fight for his life. The total care Reed needed caused him to be in the hospital for 21 days.


Extra Life – Be a Hero

Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon, a 15-year-old girl who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The largest children’s hospital charity is launching a 24-hour video game fundraising marathon called Extra Life. The event, held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 will help save the lives of children at local hospitals.

Each Extra Life participant is asked to raise money by recruiting at least four sponsors to give a minimum of $1 for each hour of the marathon. Each donation stays in the community where it is given to benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

What makes Extra Life so incredibly easy is you can do it from the comfort of your own home. While many churches and schools do lock-ins for Extra Life, you don’t HAVE to go anywhere. What’s more, you can play any game or games you want to during the event. Xbox 360, PS3, PC, even games on your phone count.

Xbox 360’s Gaming and Giving for Good

Another way to get involved in the cause is to join Xbox 360’s Gaming and Giving for Good (G3) event on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Families and friends can join together to play video games for this great cause. Mobile phone games or even board games can count too.

It’s never been this much fun to do this much good.

We’re giving away an Xbox 360 + Kinect

Xbox 360 + KinectTo celebrate these two amazing events, we are giving away one Xbox 360 4GB Console + Kinect.

It’s valued at $299.99 and includes built-in wi-fi, a black wireless controller, a standard definition composite A/V cable, a Kinect Sensor, the Kinect Adventures game, and even comes with a free one-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership.

To enter to win the Xbox, leave a comment letting us know what was the most fun you have had while doing something good for someone else.

Extra: Help us spread the word about these charity events helping local children’s hospitals. For this giveaway, we will allow extra entries for those who share this about this event through your blog, Facebook or Twitter. Individuals can sign up at

This giveaway will end on October 14, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and announced shortly after. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Please note: The Xbox giveaway prize was provided by Xbox/Microsoft and we have not been compensated for this post in any way.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.


  1. says

    Doing good always makes me feel great :) A lady we go to church with has MS and the ladies in our church help with meals and cleaning a few days a week. One of the days I went to help prune her rose bushes and my 4yr old wanted to come along and I enjoyed showing him how great it was to help serve other people. It is always wonderful to go over there and talk with her while helping her out. Chores don’t feel like a chore when it’s that kind of service.

  2. tennille says

    open to canadians?-non specific. I love doing little things for people that you know will make them happy but they won’t necessarily know who did it for them! I am part of Beta Sigma Phi and we do nice little gesturesa nd are there to help out when somebody is in need and it feels great!

  3. says

    I enjoy volunteering at a local homeless shelter and babysitting while the mothers take required courses. It’s so enjoyable to me to interact with these babies and children, so innocent!

    Thanks for the chance!

  4. Jessica says

    I think the most fun I have ever had helping others came when I was in college. A group of my friends and I went to a rural area of our state and worked with an organization that helps the people of the area with cleaning their homes, providing clothing, and construction items. It is amazing how much fun you can have hanging drywall in a house under construction in the dead of winter when you are with great friends! Plus, it was great visiting with some of the recepients of the items.

  5. says

    I enjoy volunteering at my grandson’s daycare and doing crafts with the children. Seeing the broad variations of how a finished craft turns out makes you realize that every child is different and every child sees things through different eyes than the child sitting right beside them.

  6. Steve H. says

    The most fun I have ever had giving to others was last year at Christmas. We went and purchased a car load of toys and went door to door handing them out to strangers. The smiles and happiness we recieved from the children was something you can’t buy with money.

  7. says

    Several times a year I help out at the local Women and Children’s shelter by donating clothes, food, books, toys, etc. One particular day I took some toys for the children there to play with and there was one little girl there that had been very badly abused by her mother’s boyfriend and she was so shy and scared of everyone. She had her eye on a stuffed animal I had brought in so I took it to her and asked her if she would like to have it. All she would do was hide behind her mother. I held the stuffed puppy where I could move its head and asked the stuffed puppy if he would like to belong to the little girl and moved its head making it nod a yes. That brought the little girl to life! She ran forward, hugging the puppy to her, had a huge smile on her face and said “Thank you! I will take really good care of him.” That made me so happy to see that little girl happy and her mother was so happy to see her daughter smile and trust other people after what had happened to her. It was great to make both of them happy.

  8. Kathy Stevenson says

    The most fun I have had while helping others was helping at Vacation Bible School. I loved teaching the kids songs and helping them learn about Jesus.

  9. says

    I had never volunteered at a foodbank until 3 years ago…the opportunity came up thru work. I sorted and boxed food along with my co-workers. We had SO much fun that I do it every year now. That good feeling lasts for such a long time after we volunteer!

  10. says

    A few years ago, when we had extra funds, we used to buy groceries for families in need. Rather than just give them bags, we used to leave them on the porch, ring the bell and run. Sometimes we would here them saying, “What’s this? Oh my, wow!” kind of things. It was a lot of fun!

  11. says

    Last year my daughters and I participated in a project where we shopped for school supplies and then donated them to our church to distribute to families who needed them and couldn’t afford to buy supplies on their own. Not only was it a great learning opportunity for my kids, but they had so much fun picking out supplies that they thought other kids would like!

  12. says

    What fun! The benefit of helping places like CHOP is the ONLY thing that could induce me to try and win another gaming system :)

    But…. The most fun I ever had helping someone else out is when I surprised my neighbor several times with pre-made, frozen dinners occasionally during her first few months back to teaching after she had her twins. She was surprised and touched; and I was blessed to be able to do something so simple, practical and necessary to help her ease her transition / return to working mom. Plus, I really really missed hanging out with her and the babies after all that fun bonding time we enjoyed for their first year.

  13. Lachelle says

    I always enjoy any opportunity I have to help others – but now that I’m a mom…. I love doing service for others and involving my kids. It is helping them to have a greater appreciation for the world around them and makes me feel good!

  14. Angela Maas says

    We collected food for the food shelf instead of candy on halloween. The adults dressed up and we all went out for the night. We collected 2 truckloads full of food and the shelter was so grateful. But we couldn’t stop laughing the whole night. Our costumes were ridiculous and we just had so much fun.

  15. says

    Each year we do the March of Dimes walk and have lots of fun with our friends and kids! This weekend, I’ll be running in my first 5K to raise money for a local advocacy center! It has a Super Hero Theme! I KNOW that’s going to be fun!!!

  16. Katie says

    I had so much fun volunteering at my son’s school Carnival. It was great to see all the parents and kids involved and having such a great time!

  17. Melissa P. says

    I think the most fun I had was when I was given the opportunity to chaperone a few of my sons school field trips. I loved being around my son and his school friends. Watching the smiles on their faces and the laughter always brings a smile to my heart.

  18. says

    I always enjoyed shopping for the Angel Tree at Christmas when we had the funds. It was a lot of fun to pick out cute toys and clothing for a child that wouldn’t have Christmas otherwise. And it was a great learning experience for my son.

  19. jesus Coleman says

    Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to help people & now I do every day with my new job I’m a C.N.A and even though there are times when it gets hard to see a resident get sick or leave I always come back to work with a smile on my face, & it also fills my heart when a resident stops me and tells me that they thank god every day they see me walk in for work. I treat every resident as they were my own grandparents since I never got to meet my own.

  20. Daniel M says

    our church makes meals for a local homeless shelter, we all had a good time cooking 1/2 the afternoon and carting it over and spooning it out

  21. Stacy Bourns says

    My sister and I used to volunteer at a retirement home, and we met such interesting people who have left a lasting impact and taught us a lot about growing old gracefully.

  22. matthew b says

    The most fun I had was working at our community garden which provides food for the various homeless shelters and food kitchens throughout our city. The garden is a great source of healthy organic meals for those in need.

  23. Jill says

    We have started buying extra tickets to the events we take our 3 year old to. I find a family who needs the break and wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend and surprise them with the tickets.

  24. trishden says

    Hello, I had a lot of fun when I volunteered as a 4H leader and had a group of kids gardening. We would spend the growing season tending to the garden and then in August the kids would enter their vegetables, herbs and flowers into the local fair competition. I did this for 7 years and I wish I could still be teaching gardening but I had to quit due to an illness. I’m glad the group still exists with other dedicated leaders. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  25. says

    I love giving back when I can. I volunteer at my local library for the teens, and I think that’s the most fun I’ve had by helping out. one particular time was the lock-in. I had to be at the library all night long to help with the teens and be available in case something happened. It was a long night, but it all went well.

  26. Angel S. says

    I love when our church provides labor for the seniors. They are so thankful and our men have done a great job of including thier kids and are growing up a generation of future helpers!

  27. Amy B. says

    The most fun I have had while giving would have to be about 5 years ago. My friends home burned down. I didn’t have much money to buy them some new things so I gave them some of what I already had. My daughter was a year older than theirs so I gave her all my daughters hand me downs. I also gave them toys and books but the clothes is what I got tickled at cause the daughter came up to me a few days later and said she got some clothes that looked just like my daughters. I said that is great!! I didn’t tell her that they came from me. She then tells me that her favorite shirt was one that my daughter had and now she has one just like it. Luckily for me she never asked for my daughter to wear hers, but I would of just said that she outgrew it and I lost it. Sometimes the simplest things can mean so much to someone so little. I don’t think I will ever forget that smile as she was telling me.

  28. katklaw777 says

    When I was in 6th grade my friends and I decided we were too old for trick or treating.
    As Halloween grew closer and we watched our siblings getting ready and our small town decorating we decided we would go trick or treat ing for UNECEF.
    Little did we know that we would start a tradition that would last us all the way thru high school!
    We got together for the next 7 years and collected money for that fine organization.
    We had fun seeing all the little ones dressed up and usually got some candy and with our monetary donations. Each year we set a goal to make more than we did the year before.
    We averaged about $300 a year. Pretty good for a small town like ours.
    My friends and I felt very good about our donation and had much Halloween fun at the same time!

  29. Liz says

    We did an “Adopt a Family” program in high school. It was so nice to meet the family we helped provide a Christmas for.

  30. says

    I have fun every year with the girls in my family. In December, we have a Candy/Cookie baking day where we make up lots of goodies, then divide them onto trays. We then hand them to friends and other family. But we also make up extras to give to people in nursing homes or those who are having hard times. It’s fun and makes us feel good. Thanks.

  31. nan says

    probably helping my sister paint her little guys other sister helped and we had a great time doing sesame street characters
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  32. nan says

    my sister and i helped out my other sister by painting her lil guys room with sesame street characters
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  33. nan says

    my sister and i spent a weekend atmy sisters painting her sons room with sesame street characters
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  34. Wehaf says

    I love tutoring elementary and middle school kids – it’s incredibly rewarding and working with children keeps me young. It’s definitely my favorite way to give back to the community.

  35. says

    The most fun I ever had while doing something amazing was/is as a Go Red For Woman and Go Red Por Tu Corazon Spokesperson. I received media training, apeared on the Today Show, was featured on a billboard in Times Square, NY and most importantly inspired my sons, my Mom, my friends and countless online bloggy buddies to take their heart health seriously! God has def. been good!

  36. says

    Every year we donate gifts to less fortunate families, but I think the year I felt the best about it was when I organized a group at work to adopt an entire family. Though we never met them, knowing that they would have a good Christmas dinner and gifts for everyone under the tree was the best feeling.

  37. Diania says

    One of my favorite days was helping our neighbors pick apples. It took all day, very hot, but everyone had a great time chatting and getting to know each other.

  38. says

    The best fun for me was during this summer me and my daughter met a young boy at Target panhandling (begging)! When he approach us we both noticed that his shoes were busted out bad and his clothing was way to small. When we walked into target I felt compelled to put back the little things I had stood in line to buy. We went back out side and asked the young boy….where is your mom or dad…he stated that his mom was gone, she had died the begging of the year and that is dad was working to help them.Feeling sorry for the young child my daughter and I took him into the store and brought him a nice pair of gym shoes and something to eat. To see the smile on that child’s face was the Best Gift Of of helping someone! I’m not rich nor do I have lots of money….what I do have is a Heart, a Heart to help others. By the way. he was only 10!

  39. JoeyfromSC says

    I always, always put others first and it is a great feeling to see the joy on their face.

    I think the most fun was gifting my Aunt a $2,000 sleepnumber bed that I won:) she was over the moon happy lol..It is also fun to randomly pay for someone’s coffee in the starbucks line lol

    Totally believe in paying it forward!!

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  40. jamye says

    while walking out of a Walmart here in VA one day I saw a mother and her three children sitting outside holding a sign asking for help with food. So i Went back in and it just so happened the walmart had a Mc donalds so i bought them all something to eat and got her a 50 dollar gift card from the store i really did have the money to spare but i know if you do good things good things will come back to you

  41. says

    I think one of the funnest times I’ve had doing something nice for another person was putting on a cooking show with the charity Gifted Hands in NYC. We had several women from a local transitional shelter submit their favorite recipes and a few were chosen to present on the show. The empowerment that these women felt, and the pride in being the “star” of the show was such a boost for them, and it was a blast taking pictures and video of the event.

  42. Natalie C says

    The most fun I’ve had while helping others is an Alzheimer’s relay I did a couple years back, I got to push wheel chairs and meet some really nice people. Although it wasn’t much I really enjoyed getting to spend the time with them for a good cause!

  43. says

    The most fun I have ever had doing something good for someone else was when I collected toys and took them to our local Children’s Hospital. After my daughter had been in the hospital I saw how difficult and sad it can be for those kids. She wasn’t in long but some of them have to be there for weeks or even months. It brightened their day and that was fun for me!

  44. Miguelina S Fernandes says

    I’m always helping friends, family and strangers some how I’m always able to help them in one way or another. Nothing gives me more pleasure than helping single moms my home is always open for free babysitting during emergencies. Being a single mom myself I remember the times I wish someone would it help me. This game would be perfect to keep the kids busy as I care for them. thanks

  45. says

    I always had a great time helping military families when my husband was in the Army. Helping wives through the separations, helping them understand the Army way of life. Being a volunteer was a wonderful time especially during the holidays when we put together the gifts for the soldier’s families. Knowing I helped make a difference, made my holidays much better.

  46. says

    One of the times we’ve had fun helping others is shopping for a star tree child every year. It’s so hard to see others so in need, but it’s a great opportunity to have fun shopping with my son for the good of others.

  47. says

    I loved planting flowers and cleaning for the home in our community that take in young or pregnant mothers and their children up to a certain age. They get to learn alot before graduating from the program.

    It’s amazing.

  48. Tiffany N says

    I love helping others. My husband is in the military and I spend a lot of time without him while he is fighting for our country’s freedom. My most cherished memory of helping others is at the soup kitchen. It is an amazing feeling know you are giving another life a hot meal that they may not have again tomorrow!

    Thanks for the great giveaway. my husband would cry if I won him an xbox!

  49. Jason says

    While helping out a special olympics team at a swim meet, one of the contestants who had some down time did a cannonball from the high dive into the deep end of the pool. He was afraid of heights at first but with some encouragement from his peers he went up there and came down with a violent splash. He was okay in the end and we all had a great laugh.

  50. Kelly D says

    I had the most fun ever at a volunteer position when I worked on the Santa and Easter Bunny express train in my local town. My job was to walk up and down the aisles and hand out candy to the children. I loved it!

  51. pam r. says

    I can’t remember a specific event, but it always feels good to help people, and if we do it, our kids will too

  52. says

    Every year at my work we do Sub for Santa and give Christmas to some of the staff’s kids that may not be getting a Christmas. I LOVE LOVE LOVE shopping for them! I usually will shop at Kohl’s during Kohl’s cash time so I can go back and get more for them the next week. It is so great to know that the year they think they are going to get nothing they are flooded with presents and things they NEED. I look forward to it every year!

  53. Shannon Morris says

    The best time I ever had while helping someone else happened when in was a teenager. I volunteered forva handicapped horsebacknriding program. I loved horses andvloved sharing what inknew with disabled kids whobwere just vas into horses as I was. Even 20 years later its still a great memory.

  54. Cara says

    Decorated a single mom’s bedroom/nursery while she was in the hospital with her first baby. It was wonderful to think about how excited and surprised she would be when she came home. :)

  55. Eve says

    For several holidays in a row, I had the pleasure of decorating a wing of a retirement facility for the holidays! I enjoyed it so much!

  56. Kimberly B. says

    The most fun I had was when I heped my neighbor clean out her garage. She had a freezer that was full of ice that she couldn’t use. So my kids and I made it fun by chopping out all of the ice and it seemed like winter for a short time.

  57. Judy S says

    I really enjoyed when I was able to volunteer at a local nursing home. I would help paint the residents’ nails, play bingo, and simply spend time with the residents. You could tell that they really enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it as well.

  58. Shaun says

    I was glad to help out with a youth wrestling team and do some coaching. I was glad to see the kids being productive and staying out of trouble.

  59. says

    Last Christmas as we were going into Walmart, we saw the Salvation Army Angel Tree. On a whim, I had my kids each pick a child the same age as them. They had a ball going around and picking presents for someone whom they didn’t know. It was so nice to see them thinking of someone else!

  60. Elisabeth says

    When I was in middle school my youth group went on a mission trip to Tampa, where we painted low income houses and fixed up their local daycare. Even though it was hard work we had a lot of fun! :)

  61. Carols119 says

    My husbands Aunt had back surgery and my kids and I went and stayed a week with her to help out. I really enjoyed it because I got to wait on her and do for her. She is usually the one always cooking and doing for us. It was such a blessing to me.

  62. Jennifer Marie says

    I spent a little over 2 weeks in Haiti. There we helped build and orphanage and we also assisted in providing medical care. It was a service project for them, but it was actually a heart warming experience for myself.

  63. Brandon B says

    doing for others always came naturally to me

    I think the most fun I had doing something for somebody was when I used to spend time with my great-grandmother when she was in the nursing home. It really put a smile on her face & I cherish those moments now, because she passed away this past summer.

    It’s the little things in life that mean the most.

  64. Angela says

    I work with a young girl whom has down syndrom, I really enjoy taking her shopping & spending time with her. Very rewarding for us both.

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