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.
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!"