ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Thanks to donations from the Spirit of Children, kids at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are getting in the spooky spirit this Halloween season.
Mott Child and Family Life staff have been delivering young patients special packages through reverse-trick-or-treating, which include donated costumes from the Spirit of Children and Halloween treats and crafts to enjoy at bedside.
“We’re so grateful for Spirit of Children’s longstanding tradition of helping our Little Victors enjoy Halloween festivities during their hospital stay,” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, FACHE, M.H.A., chief operating officer of Mott and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.
“Spirit of Children’s ongoing support of our Child and Family Life programs also helps us provide meaningful opportunities for play, distraction, and holiday celebrations that help improve the hospital experience for children and their families all year long.”
Spirit of Children is a nonprofit arm of Spirit Halloween and aims to make hospitals more comfortable for kids and their families, with 100% of its proceeds donated directly to their local pediatric hospitals.
Since 2010, the organization has donated more than $625,600 to support the Mott Child and Family Life department. Funds have supported several initiatives benefiting patients, including art therapy and the child life fellowship program that allows Mott to pilot and expand child life services. Spirit of Children has also supported toys, games, activities, distraction items, video games, school and activity room supplies for pediatric patients at Mott.
In previous years, Spirit of Children has also hosted Halloween parties at Mott, donating a total of more than 1,000 costumes to the hospital’s patients and their siblings over the years.