NEWS | February 15, 2019

Spirit Halloween Stores' donations to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department tops $500K

(SACRAMENTO)

Hospitalization is hard. It can be really scary, especially for children. But thanks to generous support from donors like Spirit Halloween Superstores, UC Davis Children’s Hospital can help through its Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Local Spirit Halloween Store operator Shana Pierce and team present a check to Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children's Hospital Local Spirit Halloween Store operator Shana Pierce and team present a check to Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UC Davis Children's Hospital

Spirit Halloween store operators Kirk and Shanda Pierce make supporting child life a huge part of their store operations each year. The 2018 fundraising campaign, through the corporate Spirit of Children program, generated $61,025. Spirit Halloween’s donations now top $500,000 over the past 10 years. This donation will fund the Child Life Fellowship Program to continue to help minimize the anxiety of hospitalization, increase understanding and strengthen coping skills for hospitalized children. Child life fellows also help children continue their typical growth and development.

"We are so grateful for the 10-year relationship we have with Kirk and Shanda Pierce and Spirit of Halloween Stores. They have given us the means to expand services to children we would have never been able to reach before," said Diana Sundberg, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Manager. "The in store staff work so hard, spreading the word to the community and directly receiving donations. They do an outstanding job letting donors know how their money impacts hospitalized children. We couldn’t be more thankful!"

The Spirit Halloween Child Life Fellowship Program has expanded child life services to the neonatal intensive care unit, children’s surgery center, pediatric infusion center and pediatric radiology.