Spirit of Children Brings Funds and Fun to Kids at New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Spirit of Children Brings Funds and Fun to Kids at New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Through Partnership With Children of Bellevue, Inc.

Spirit of Children’s $10M national fundraising goal helps support local Child Life departments – 100% of local donations stay local

Spirit of Children Halloween parties and grants make hospitalization less scary for pediatric patients and their families

For more information, contact:
Sara Saastamoinen, Director of Development, Children of Bellevue, Inc.
212-562-4130 option 5 or sara@childrenofbellevue.org   

 Erin Springer, Public Relations Manager, Spirit Halloween
609-645-5619 or erin.springer@spirithalloween.com

  WHO: ·      Spirit of Children, Children of Bellevue, and patients and families at New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

·      Volunteers from local Spirit Halloween stores, the largest Halloween specialty retailer in North America

  WHAT: Spirit Halloween is hosting a Halloween party for pediatric patients and their families at New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, complete with costumes, games, music and crafts, through a partnership with Children of Bellevue, Inc., an auxiliary to Bellevue Hospital.

Through the Spirit of Children program, Spirit Halloween hosts nearly 100 Halloween parties at partner hospitals across North America so children, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in Halloween celebrations, can enjoy the scary fun of the season despite being in the hospital.

To-date, the Spirit of Children Program has raised more than $412,231 for Children of Bellevue which helps fund the Child Life and Developmental Services Department at New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

  WHEN: 1:00pm


  WHERE: New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

462 First Avenue, New York, NY,  10016

  WHY: 100% of money collected for Spirit of Children will benefit Children of Bellevue, Inc. to fund New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s Child Life and Developmental Services Department, which helps make the hospital experience easier and more comfortable for young patients and their families by providing all non-medical treatment and healing through play.

Since its inception in 2007, Spirit of Children has raised more than $55 million for Child Life Departments across North America. This year, the program aims to raise a record $10 million more to support young patients and their families.

Recently, Spirit of Children grants have assisted in hiring additional Child Life staff, extending Child Life hours of operation, providing full-time Child Life specialists in the emergency department, purchasing sensory, educational and entertainment items used for distraction during procedures, and creating dedicated playrooms, teen lounges and separate family spaces for long hospital visits.

Donate to Spirit of Children to support Children of Bellevue and in turn New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s Child Life department at a local Spirit Halloween store or SpiritofChildren.com. Shoppers can spread the word about a donation using #MoreCowbell and ringing the iconic purple Spirit of Children cowbell in Spirit Halloween stores.



About Spirit of Children
At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children, a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since its inception in 2007, Spirit of Children has raised more than $55 million for the Child Life department at hospitals across the United States and Canada. Donations to Spirit of Children stay within local communities, with 100% of funds going toward support for Child Life. For the 2019 Halloween season, Spirit of Children will be supporting more than 140 hospitals across the country, with a goal to raise a record $10 million. Spirit encourages customers to help make a difference in a child’s life this Halloween season by donating at their local Spirit Halloween or spreading awareness via Facebook and Instagram using #SpiritofChildren and #MoreCowbell in their photos. For more information, please visit: www.spiritofchildren.com.


About Spirit Halloween
Spirit Halloween (spirithalloween.com) is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country with over 1,360 locations in strip centers and malls across North America. Celebrating 36 years of business, Spirit is the premier destination for all things Halloween, offering one-stop shopping for everything from costumes to décor and party goods to accessories. In addition to being a fun and interactive event for shoppers, Spirit stores offer complete selections of costumes and accessories for infants/toddlers, children, ‘tweens, teens, and adults along with exclusive décor you won’t find anywhere else. For more information, please visit: www.spirithalloween.com.


About Children of Bellevue, Inc.

Children of Bellevue, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 to initiate, fund, and develop special programs and act as an advocate for children and their families within New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Our programs improve the health, well-being, and development of more than 25,000 children and teens who visit Bellevue each year. We aim to strengthen the emotional, social, and developmental support of children who are receiving treatment by providing specialized and innovative support that the hospital would otherwise be unable to provide to its youngest patients and their families.

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Applauding NYC Care: Mayor de Blasio’s Plan to Guarantee Health Care as a Right for All New Yorkers

NYC Care will serve 600,000 currently uninsured New Yorkers and provide access to NYC Health + Hospitals’ physicians, pharmacies, and mental health and substance abuse services for all

January 8, 2019

NEW YORK, NY – Every child and every family—regardless of their immigration status, their ability to pay, or any other aspect of their circumstance or identity—deserves access to health care and services.

We commend Mayor Bill de Blasio for launching a two-pronged approach to increase access to effective, affordable health care for all New Yorkers—for every toddler, teenager, and their families. With this new initiative, New York City will continue to set the standard for equitable, affordable, and comprehensive health care services by addressing both mental and physical issues together. Through the new NYC Care and NYC’s public health insurance option, MetroPlus, New Yorkers will have access to NYC Health + Hospitals’ mental health and trauma counseling along with primary care doctors, pharmacies and prescriptions, and speciality services.

“NYC Care will be the biggest and most comprehensive health coverage program in the country,” said Dr. Mitch Katz, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the United States.

“Building on the great work of our doctors, nurses and staff, and working collaboratively with community partners, NYC Health +
Hospitals will help give all New Yorkers the quality care they deserve.”

Children of Bellevue will continue to support and fund the critical care and services provided by NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the oldest public hospital still operating in the United States. Our stalwart commitment to providing more than medicine for all NYC children continues today, seven decades since our inception. ‘For all New Yorkers’ means for everyone —that includes undocumented New Yorkers who are an important part of our City and those in our communities who may otherwise have to choose between putting a roof over their child’s head or affording health care for their infant, teenager, or even themselves.

“Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it,” said Mayor de Blasio.

“While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay.”

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed and signed into law in 2010, eight million New Yorkers now have health insurance who did not have the protections insurance can provide before. As a result, the uninsured rate has dropped to nearly half of what it was in 2013. Even with these important strides, today more than 600,000 New Yorkers cannot enroll in health insurance today or do not because they cannot afford it. We second the sentiments tweeted by Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, Chief Population Health Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. With this landmark initiative,

“New York City takes a historic step to expand access to high-quality healthcare to all New Yorkers. Universal healthcare is about opportunity and human dignity.”

May 2017

Bike Helmets: Children of Bellevue provides bike helmets every Spring through the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic.

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Prom Dresses: Trinity School Change makers conducted a drive for donations and partnered with Children of Bellevue to host a popup Prom Dress Shop in the Medical Ballroom in the H Building at Bellevue Medical Center. Students consulted on style and also did makeup and manicures! Bellevue area youth were invited to ‘shop’ for prom dresses and accessories. Parents partook of office attire and festive wear for upcoming events.