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Spirit Halloween raises $124K for UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

Spirit Halloween presented a record-breaking donation to UC Davis Children’s Hospital this week. The 2022 in-store fundraiser raised $124,696 for the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which supports the emotional needs of pediatric patients and families. It’s a focus shared by Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children program.

“The mission of Spirit Halloween and child life align. We work together to make the hospital less scary,” said Diana Sundberg, UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy manager. “The Spirit team has been our partner for years now, and our child life program, especially our fellowship program, would not be what it is without their support.”

Annual donations from Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children foundation fund the UC Davis child life fellowship program, which provides additional training and supervision to aspiring certified child life specialists.

Over the years, Spirit of Halloween donations have made it possible for child life services to grow and expand into the Children’s Surgery Center, Radiology and the Pediatric Infusion Center, resulting in more children and families receiving support and guidance from child life specialists.

The specialty retail store has donated more than $800,000 to UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the past decade, with every cent going to the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.