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 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Sara Saastamoinen, Director of Development, Children of Bellevue, Inc.
212-562-4130 option 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Springer, Public Relations Manager, Spirit Halloween
609-645-5619 or email@example.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.
|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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