Spirit Of Children Brings A Happier Halloween To Children’s Hospital

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NEWARK—Halloween retailer Spirit Halloween brought the fun and excitement of this upcoming holiday to young patients at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The party was part of the retailer’s “Spirit of Children” program. Launched in 2006, the Spirit of Children program brings Halloween celebrations to hospitals and rehabilitation centers for kids who would otherwise not be able to experience Halloween at home.

Volunteer Spirit employees provided CHoNJ patients with a Halloween celebration complete with costumes and décor in addition to activities such as pumpkin painting, costume parades and Halloween games.

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“This is a wonderful opportunity for our hospitalized patients to experience a traditional Halloween celebration with crafts and treats,” says Anne Reilly, Director of Child Life at CHoNJ. “We are grateful to Spirit Halloween for their generous donation of time and resources.”

In addition to hosting Halloween celebrations, Spirit of Children raises money in stores and online at SpiritHalloween.com. All funds raised – 100 percent – go towards the Child Life Departments at the participating hospitals. Since its inception, Spirit of Children has raised more than $2.3 million for hospitals across the US and Canada.

CHoNJ has received $20,000 from Spirit of Children to date, which was used to fund a massage therapist as well as the Swank Movie Channel. This is a bilingual movie Channel that is seen in the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Pediatric ER, Pediatric Same Day Surgery, A5, C5 units, and Behavioral Health for pediatric patients.


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