SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 22, 2021) —Today, Spirit of Children presented The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio’s Child Life Department with a check in the amount of $93,364. Since 2009, Spirit of Children has raised $442,655 for The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Donations were collected at local San Antonio area Spirit Halloween stores, SpiritHalloween.com, and through various business partners. The gift will go to the Child Life Department, which is an essential part of care provided at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. With the help of the Child Life specialists, who are professionally trained in child development and special education, children can better understand their treatment plan and why they are in the hospital. The Child Life Department at CHRISTUS Children’s creates an environment designed to ease children’s fears and provide the important emotional and social care to make the hospital experience as pleasant as possible for both the child and the family.
The donation follows an alternate in-hospital Halloween celebration for pediatric patients made possible by Spirit of Children. Halloween Care packages were sent to all 147 partner hospitals in October. Patients at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio enjoyed reverse trick-or-treating and other contactless activities, with costumes and treat bags donated by Spirit of Children. In past years, Spirit Halloween volunteers hosted in-person celebrations at nearly 100 partner hospitals. Due to the pandemic, visitors were restricted from hospitals to protect the health of both young patients, hospital staff, and Spirit Halloween volunteers.
To learn more about Spirit of Children, visit SpiritofChildren.com.
Photo ID (from left): Terry L. Kyle, CEO/CDO, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, Jessica Clayton, Child Life Coordinator, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Tammy Mowles, Spirit of Children Franchise Owner, Krystal Lamb, Child Life Manager, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
About Spirit of Children
At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children, a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since its inception in 2007, Spirit of Children has brought smiles, laughter and a much-needed escape to thousands of pediatric patients in 147 hospitals across the United States and Canada. One hundred percent of the money collected each year is given directly to the Child Life Departments at local partner hospitals, such as The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Spirit of Children raised over $12 million in 2020, bringing its total collections total to more than $77 million since the program’s inception. Spirit encourages customers to help make a difference in a child’s life by donating at their local Spirit Halloween in season, donating online anytime at SpiritHalloween.com or spreading awareness via Facebook and Instagram by using #SpiritofChildren and #MoreCowbell in their photos. For more information, please visit: SpiritOfChildren.com.
About The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation was founded in 1955 to support The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first free-standing hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is owned by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, with campuses located in downtown San Antonio, the South Texas Medical Center, in New Braunfels, in Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. For additional information on The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, visitwww.childrenshospitalsafoundation.org, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/chosafoundation and on Twitter at twitter.com/csrfoundations.