Spirit Halloween stores donate more than $50,000 to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s HospitalFeb 22, 2021 02:58PM ● By Erica Shames
Halloween stores in the area recently held a virtual check presentation to
donate the funds raised by their October Spirit of Children campaign. Six local
Spirit stores in the area raised $54,964 for the Child Life Department at
Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital during the 2020 Halloween season.
stores were located in Bloomsburg, Selinsgrove, Muncy, Scranton/Dickson City,
Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton.
Life Department was very thankful for this wonderful donation,” said Allison
Naumann, annual giving coordinator at Geisinger Health Foundation. “Child Life
intends to use the money to purchase new Shadow Buddy dolls and a new camera
for milestone photos for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) families.”
Life Department uses Shadow Buddies in many areas of the children’s hospital. Each
doll is condition-specific, reflecting the condition the child has and acting
as a hands-on tool to teach them about their illness and treatment. The camera
for the NICU will allow families to celebrate milestones such as monthly
celebrations, the first time they hold their infants or maybe the first time
twins can be together.
the money by asking every customer for a donation or if they would like to
round up their change to donate as well, according to Jordon Reese, regional manager
for Spirit in Central Pennsylvania.
employees are extremely passionate about our program and know how much it
impacts their local children’s hospital. We have numerous contests and lots of
friendly competition to truly get as big of a donation as possible with our
very short season,” he said. “Spirit of Children Halloween care packages were
sent to the hospital as well which included costumes, activity coloring books,
crayons and treat bags for the Child Life team to distribute.”
This was the
third year that Spirit has supported Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
The stores have raised more than $130,000 over that time.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes nine hospital campuses, a health plan with more than 540,000 members, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.