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A huge thank you to Joy and all of the WordPress editors, for freshly pressing, “, and .


And a huge thank you to Joy and all of the editors, for freshly pressing, and  helping to spread word about the charity, “Spirit of Children.”

And many thanks to everyone who popped by for a visit–stop by again to share my  porch, rock awhile, have coffee and chat!

About Spirit of Children

Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children helps make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding all year long to Child Life Departments within children’s hospitals.  Each year with the help of our vendor partners, Spirit sponsors and hosts Halloween celebrations in over 50 children’s hospitals throughout the country.  Members of the Spirit field team bring everything that’s needed in order to have the best party possible from costumes to goody bags.  Everything brought to the hospitals is donated by Spirit and our vendor partners. It’s a remarkable event that touches thousands of pediatric patients and brings countless smiles and laughter to children who might otherwise miss out on the joy of Halloween.

Additionally, throughout each Halloween season all Spirit stores conduct in-store fundraising campaigns.  Last year alone we collected over $1.3mm in cash and merchandise donations.  All told we have raised $2.3mm for over 100 children’s hospitals since 2007.  What makes this program so unique is that at the end of each season, every dollar, 100% of the money collected in our stores or donated by our loyal and passionate customers and vendor partners is given to the Child Life departments.  Spirit of Children chooses to partner with and support Child Life whose main function is to provide developmental, educational and therapeutic support for children undergoing medial treatment.  Trained counselors help children and their families cope with the many stresses involved when a child is in the hospital.  While each hospital is unique in their needs, the money we collect and donate to child life has been used to purchase such educational and entertainment items as laptop computers, DVD players, iPods, flat screen TVs as well as equipment and toys designed specifically for children with physical challenges.  This year our goal is to collect over $2.0mm for 100 children’s hospitals.

How You Can Help

If you’re interested in supporting the Spirit of Children program please check back in August to find your local Spirit Halloween store.  Donations are accepted in stores and online from September 1st – November 1st, every year.


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