“The party was FABULOUS!!”
“We were loaded with patients and families, and everyone had such a great time. I had numerous families with tears in their eyes, in sheer awe that they got those extremely generous gift cards. So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!! You truly know how to make a holiday special for hospitalized families.”
– Child Life Dept., Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Holiday Heroes partners with hospitals, businesses, celebrities and others to give children who are hospitalized due to a critical or chronic illness, a well-needed and deserved dose of fun. With a wide variety of themed parties and celebrations, we get kids smiling again. We give kids, their families, and caregivers some time to forget about the illnesses and medical procedures, by creating an experience that transports them to a joyous and hopeful place. We create events that are always welcomed, appreciated, needed and deserved. Every dollar raised by Holiday Heroes is converted into a smile at these parties. Your support makes an immediate impact at every event that we host.
What we do is important!
No one wants to be in the hospital, especially kids. It’s stressful, scary, and isolating for them, their families and their caregivers. For hospitalized children, a little fun makes a big impact! Parties and play take a child’s mind away from the pain, anxiety and stresses of being hospitalized; encouraging healthy social development and better recovery from illness.
All of the emotions children and their families experience when in the hospital are accentuated when that child is being treated for a critical or chronic illness. The usual everyday activities are often replaced with unfamiliar, overwhelming, daunting and, in many cases, painful tasks. Happiness can be hard to find when you’re being poked and prodded every day.
Pediatricians and Psychiatrists have long recognized that many psychosocial problems facing children with long-term physical disorders can lead to social disabilities far more serious to an individual than the direct effects of his or her physical ailment(s). It is also reported that the institutions that provide comprehensive care to a chronically ill child want to promote realistic and normal child-rearing attitudes during this crucial developmental stage. This allows the child to develop a healthy self-image and become a socially capable and productive citizen.
Holiday Heroes uses its experience, creativity, resources and passion to inspire long-lasting joy and happy memories for these children and their families, making a lasting impact in their lives.