Annual Spirit of Children fundraiser makes hospital stays less scary for children
Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children campaign will donate 10% of purchases made through Oct. 31 in Southwest Florida stores to Golisano Children’s Hospital. In addition, the company gifts costumes, decorations and crafts for a Halloween-themed party for children at the hospital.
Anyone shopping at Southwest Florida Spirit Halloween stores can present the 10% off coupon or enter DONATE22 at checkout when shopping at SpiritHalloween.com. Shoppers are encouraged to round up their purchase price to maximize Spirit Halloween’s donation. Participating stores include:
Fort Myers: former Steinmart, 13300 S Cleveland Ave.; former Aarons,
525 Pine Island Road
Estero: Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road
Naples: former Norris Furniture, 13995 Tamiami Trail N.; former Toys ‘R Us, 5305 Airport Pulling Road
Port Charlotte: Former Pier 1 Imports, 18500 Veterans Blvd.
“Our associates are the backbone of the impactful Spirit of Children efforts that have helped so many children and their families at our partner hospitals. Without their commitment to sharing our mission with guests, our vendors and licensing partners, this milestone would not be possible,” said Steven Silverstein, CEO of Spirit Halloween. “We remain committed to supporting Child Life Departments and the critical work they do to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families.”
In 2021, the Spirit of Children campaign resulted in a donation of $69,496 to the Child Life professionals of Golisano Children’s Hospital during Child Life Month in March. The certified Child Life Specialists bring joy and comfort to hospitalized kids and their families through evidence-based techniques such as medical play and therapeutic disciplines to help normalize the hospital experience.
Spirit of Children has gifted more than $322,000 since partnering with Golisano Children’s Hospital. In 2020, funds raised were used to equip sensory rooms which help patients with special needs to cope with hospital stays and doctor appointments. The sensory rooms include fiber optic lights, bubble towers, exercise balls and many squeeze balls with different textures. Even simple toys can calm a child in a new setting.
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 creation in 2007 Spirit of Children has raised more than $93 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 percent of funds going to Child Life Services. For the 2022 Halloween season, Spirit of Children will be supporting more than 150 hospitals across the country, with a goal to raise a record $18 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 Golisano Children’s Hospital
Established by Lee Health in 1994, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a “Top Hospital” three times by The Leapfrog Group. It is the only recognized children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami. Lee Health opened the new 134-bed Golisano Children’s Hospital in May 2017, relocating the children’s hospital from the adjacent HealthPark Medical Center. It includes comprehensive pediatric services including a 24-hour pediatric emergency department, hematology-oncology unit, milk lab, Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, and Level II and Level III NICU with 70 private rooms. Golisano Children’s Hospital is proud to have been named Soliant’s 2018 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S., a recognition determined by popular vote. Since 2019, Golisano Children’s Hospital has been a proud member hospital of the Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, visit GolisanoChildrensSWFL.org.