Event courtesy of Spirit of Children, dedicated to making hospitalization less scary

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Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital patient Jennifer Alvarado, 9, of Fontana, gets a closer look at her face paint during the Spirit Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct 18.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital patient Jennifer Alvarado, 9, of Fontana, gets a closer look at her face paint during the Spirit Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct 18.

LOMA LINDA, CA – October 23, 2018 – Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital patients and their families were treated to a Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 18, courtesy of Spirit of Children. Spirit store employees dedicated their afternoon to give patients a fun break from their hospital rooms, complete with costumes, games and crafts.

The mission of Spirit of Children is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during the fall season and raising funds year-round for child life programs within children’s hospitals.

Spirit of Children chooses to partner with and support child life departments 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. These programs are instrumental to the healing process for children and help kids just be kids in times of fear and discomfort. 

Spirit of Children has raised more than $345,660 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital over the last eight years — not including funds raised this year — through donations made to Spirit stores in the Inland Empire.

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About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH

The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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