Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital patients and their families were treated to a Fall Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 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 $394,000 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital over the last nine years — not including funds raised this year — through donations made to Spirit stores in the Inland Empire.