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Spirit Halloween Donates Costumes, Cash to Help Children at Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena

Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 10:36 am
 

Young patients at Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena received costumes and other treats Wednesday as part of a longstanding tradition made possible by Spirit Halloween stores.

In addition to the costumes and celebration kits, a philanthropic arm of the company called Spirit of Children is also providing its customers with a 10% discount and donating 10% of proceeds to the hospital for its Child Life program when they present a coupon or the promo code “GIVING21,” according to Spirit Halloween and Shriners representatives.

The company has been supporting the Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena since 2007, along with about 150 other pediatric hospitals across the U.S., according to the hospital.

“In 2021, Spirit of Children raised $48,756, despite the pandemic,” Shriners said in a written statement. “Help us get the word out on this program to reach our goal of $50,000.”

“Shop at select Spirit Halloween stores in the Los Angeles area and specifically raise money for Shriners for Children Medical Center – Pasadena through in-store donations and coupons,” the statement said. “When shoppers donate in-store, 100% of their donation goes directly to our patients. Present the coupon for a 10% discount which will be matched as an additional donation.”

Shriners for Children Medical Center Child Life Specialist Natalie Chicas said the Spirit of Halloween program makes a big difference in the lives of young patients battling serious illness year-round.

“We’ve been working with Spirit of Children for a really long time, and they are a big supporter of the Child Life Department. All that money that is donated to our department is used to buy materials that are needed for the patients, whether it’s distraction items, educational items, items that we could use to give out to patients… or it could even be used to compensate salary,” Chicas said.

“That makes a really big difference for us to be able to have that money and be able to provide resources and get resources that we need,” she added.

Child Life specialists work to make the hospital stays and treatments of pediatric patients as comfortable as possible for them and their families.

Common uses for the funding also include supporting art, music, canine and horticulture therapy programs, as well as building or renovating playrooms, lounges and family spaces, according to Spirit Halloween.

The campaign has garnered nearly $7 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children since 2007, according to the hospital network.

The program has raised more than $77 million to support Child Life programs at hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada, Spirit Halloween representatives said.

Donations are kept within the communities in which they are made, the company said.

In addition to the Pasadena Spirit Halloween location, other stores that will be supporting Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena this year include the locations in San Dimas, West Covina, Lakewood, Pico Rivera and Bell Gardens, organizers said.

Prior to the pandemic, Spirit Halloween would often bring a large Halloween party to hospitalized children, Shriners in Pasadena spokeswoman Connie Lujan said. This year, the celebration was kept small, with pumpkin carving and other “small activities.”

“Last year, we weren’t able to celebrate Halloween in a big way, so we just wanted to bring some of that spirit back,” she said. “We’re just so excited that we’re able to bring it back this year, and just have the kids celebrate in some small way.”

Lujan added that she was also grateful for the significant financial support.

“It makes a huge impact on the lives of these children. It really does,” she said.

More information on Spirit of Children, including a link to download the coupon, is available online at lovetotherescue.org/partners/spirit-halloween.

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