Spirit Halloween Gives the Gift that Keeps Giving
Spirit Halloween may only operate during the fall months but their fundraising efforts help support the Child Life Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Golisano Children’s Hospital year round. Over the past five years, the company’s Spirit of Children Campaign has raised more than $40,000 in cash and merchandise to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital.
In the Rochester area, Spirit Halloween has instituted a “10 for 10” coupon campaign to benefit the hospital. When a customer uses the 10-percent-off coupon, 10 percent of the proceeds from their purchase is donated to the Child Life Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Spirit Halloween then hosts an annual Halloween party at the hospital, which has become a favorite event for patients and for staff.
Child Life specialists at Golisano Children’s Hospital help children and teens deal with illness as well as ease anxiety they may be experiencing. Specialists also teach parents the best ways to help their child cope during traumatic times. In essence, the Child Life program helps children and teens maintain a sense of normalcy during an especially stressful time.
Spirit Halloween has made a strong impact on the Child Life program and more importantly on the children. Each year, Child Life puts out a “wish list” that outlines everything they need to help enhance a child’s stay. Tables, chairs, televisions, board games and toys are just some of the many items that have been purchased as a result of the “10 for 10” coupon donation.
Wendy Lane, director of Child Life at Golisano Children’s Hospital, is very grateful for all the support that Spirit Halloween has provided for Child Life. “They really see the value of what we do for the children and work extremely hard to give support. They are such dedicated individuals – we can’t thank them enough,” Lane said.
For a child, being treated in a hospital is never easy, but with the help of the Child Life staff, Golisano Children’s Hospital attempts to make it as comfortable as possible. The support that Spirit Halloween has provided over the years has brought hope to the patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital.