Spirit of Children

Making Hospitals Less Scary for Kids and their Families

Through its annual Spirit of Children campaign, Spirit Halloween brings fun and funding to local hospitals in the US and Canada, with a mission to make hospitals a less scary place for kids and their families.

Virtua is proud to be the local partner hospital for Spirit of Children. Fundraising for Virtua happens all year online and in stores each fall, where Spirit employees generate awareness and support for Virtua’s Child Life program with each sales transaction. And during the Halloween season, employees from area Spirit stores bring crafts, costumes and accessories, decorations, and everything needed for a Halloween party, to Virtua Voorhees Hospital for a wonderful gathering that provides pediatric patients and their families an afternoon filled with fun and laughter.

Virtua’s Child Life Specialists provide coping techniques, procedural support, play and therapeutic activities and more, creating a safe, supportive environment for children as they manage the stress of a hospital experience. Their work is so meaningful to the families we serve, and we are grateful to Spirit of Children, which has contributed nearly $1 million to support this special program since 2011.

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