Spirit of Children Gives $49,000 to Northern California Shriners Hospital

Representatives from the Spirit of Children Campaign presented Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California with a donation of $49,275 during a special event in the hospital’s central activity area on Friday, January 29. The funds were raised by Spirit Halloween stores in the Sacramento area to support the therapeutic recreation and child life program. Patients and staff dressed in costume for a Halloween party organized to pay special tribute to the generous supporters.

“Our goal is to help make a child’s hospital experience positive – not scary,” says Shanda Pierce, who owns and operates 21 Spirit Halloween stores in Northern California. “The hospital therapeutic recreation and child life program provides opportunities for play and self-expression that help children be kids even when they are hospitalized, and we are proud to help support those opportunities,” she adds.

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, employees at Spirit of Halloween stores throughout the greater Sacramento area organized activities ranging from bake sales to face painting to support the Spirit of Children Campaign. Proceeds also were raised through purple pumpkin sales at Total Nutrition stores in Sacramento and the Vampire Ball, a Halloween party coordinated in partnership with the Spirit stores.

Spirit of Halloween Shriners Donation

“It is important to us that every dollar raised by local Spirit Halloween stores stays right here in our community,” says Pierce. “It takes an immense amount of heart to ask strangers to donate to a cause. I am very proud of our Spirit employees. They have amazing hearts,” she adds.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or visit our frequently asked questions page.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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