Lifespan brands had the honor of participating in a couple of Spirit of Children events held by Spirit Halloween in the Chicago area. The Lava® lamp team members visited Shriners Hospitals for Children and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Thursday, October 13. Both medical centers provide top-rated health care for children suffering from a wide range of conditions. The Spirit of Children program aims to provide some fun and entertainment for the kids and their families in the hospitals, and Lifespan Brands was happy to be included in this year’s festivities.
It was so touching to meet the brave kids who fight tough diseases every day and watch them enjoy some fun activities! Kids were able to pick out free Halloween costumes from Spirit Halloween, try on masks, and have their faces painted. There were pumpkins to paint, creepy crafts, and some ghoulish games to entertain the kids and their families. Spirit Halloween also donated fun toys and crafts for goody bags that the kids could take back to their rooms.
Lifespan Brands asked kids to get creative and design a Lava® lamp to enter a coloring contest. Lucky winners will be chosen from each Spirit of Children party across the country and will receive free Lava® lamps.
So remember, when you’re buying your Halloween costumes at Spirit Halloween stores, please donate to the Spirit of Children fun and show your support with a bracelet! Your money will support a truly wonderful cause for kids in hospitals throughout the country!
Please take a moment to visit the hospitals’ websites and social media to learn more, and possibly find a way to help out.
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Spirit of Children – Making Hospitals Less Scary
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Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children helps make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments within children’s hospitals. Each year with the help of our vendor partners, Spirit sponsors and hosts Halloween celebrations in children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Members of the Spirit field team bring everything needed to have the best party possible from costumes and decorations to goody bags. Everything brought to the hospitals is donated by Spirit and our vendor partners. It’s a remarkable event that touches thousands of pediatric patients and brings countless smiles and laughter to children who might otherwise miss out on the joy of Halloween.
Additionally, throughout each Halloween season all Spirit stores conduct in-store fundraising campaigns. Last year alone we collected $7.2 million cash and merchandise donations. We have raised over $29 million for over 130 children’s hospitals since 2007. What makes this program so unique is that at the end of each season, every dollar, 100% of the money collected in our stores or donated by our loyal and passionate customers and vendor partners is given to the Child Life departments.
Spirit of Children chooses to partner with and support Child Life whose main function is to provide developmental, educational and therapeutic support for children undergoing medical treatment. Trained Child Life Specialists help children and their families cope with the many stresses involved when a child is in the hospital. While each hospital is unique in their needs, the money we collect and donate to child life has been used to purchase such educational and entertainment items as: Laptop computers, iPods and iPads, Flat screen TVs, medical education dolls and equipment, and toys designed specifically for children with physical challenges. In addition to toys and equipment, money raised has been used for such things as: funding field trips, adding staff to keep playrooms open longer and on weekends, developing rehabilitative art programs and weekly music therapy programs.