DONOR FEATURE: SPIRIT OF CHILDREN PROGRAM HELPS MAKE THINGS A LITTLE LESS SCARY FOR KIDS RECEIVING CARE

Thanks to the Spirit of Children program by Spirit Halloween stores, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation will be able to continue supporting graduate fellowships in the child life department at Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC.  Their generous donation helps make things a little less scary for kids receiving care at the hospital.

On February 19, 2015 Bill Clanton, Zone Manager for Michigan & Northern Ohio, and Dennis Hicks, District Sales Manager, presented the Foundation a check for $38,920. This is the eighth year that Spirit Halloween has partnered with Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation to support child life services. This year’s donation pushed their total donations to over $175,000!

“It has been great to continue building our relationship, which continues to grow each year. The children who benefit from the Spirit Halloween support are lucky to have such a wonderful experience,” stated Tony Werner, Foundation President & CEO.

Specifically, the donated funds support child life Fellow positions, allowing the department to expand their work.  Child life specialists provide children with age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, pain management and coping strategies.  They also help with play, self-expression activities and other welcome distractions while they’re in the hospital and similar settings.  They also provide necessary information, support and guidance to parents, siblings and family members.

“At Spirit Halloween we know scary--and hospitals can be scary places.  The goal of our Spirit of Children Program is to make things a little less scary during Halloween, and the rest of the year.  We believe in the role of child life specialists and are proud to be able to support their efforts,” shared Clanton.

In addition to the donation, the Spirit of Children program hosts a Halloween party every October at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The party includes costumes, decorations and craft projects for patients providing a welcome distraction for those who are not well enough to trick-or-treat themselves.

Spirit of Children not only supports Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, they support hospitals in 49 states and three in Michigan. Last year alone, the Spirit of Children program raised over five million dollars.

We are grateful to Spirit Halloween for their continued partnership and their passion helping children and their families!
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