According to the National Retail Federation, more than 171 million Americans
plan to celebrate Halloween this year, spending an average $82.93, up
from last year’s $74.34. Total spending is expected to reach $8.4
billion, an all-time high in the history of NRF’s annual survey.
The survey finds that 7 in 10 consumers plan to hand out candy, and nearly
half will decorate their home or dress in costume.
When you think of Halloween decorations or costumes, think Lubbock’s
Spirit Halloween Superstore on 50th Street near Slide Road. The local Halloween retailer, along with its
corporate Spirit of Children program, has been giving back part of the seasonal profits to benefit
Covenant Children’s Child Life program.
“Spirit of Children is a national program that brings fun and funding
to hospitals at Halloween and all year long,” said Christine Neugebauer,
manager of integrative care at Covenant Children’s. “It benefits
hospitals that focus on kids to help make hospital stays less scary for
children and their families.”
With the appropriate coupon, Spirit Halloween Superstore in Lubbock gives
customers 10 percent off their purchase as well as donating 10 percent
of the purchase price back to Covenant’s Child Life Department.
Also, customers are asked at checkout if they want to donate individually
to the charity; those proceeds go directly to Covenant’s Child Life
department as well. All of the money raised allows the department to purchase
toys and other items that provide pain distraction and therapeutic play
to young patients.
The retailer also hosts a Halloween party for pediatric patients and their
families each year at Covenant Children’s, complete with costumes,
games and crafts. This year’s party took place Oct. 13.
Since 2010, the Spirit of Children program and Spirit Halloween Superstore
has raised more than $65,600 in cash donations for Covenant Children’s,
as well as provided more than $35,000 in merchandise for the annual parties.
“We are so grateful for both the community and the corporate contributions,”
Neugebauer said. “In fact, we have a young lady doing a fellowship,
who is working full time for six months in the emergency department, and
is paid 100 percent by this charity. Since the fellowship started in August,
she has already helped 761 children in the emergency department! This
really does make a difference.”
About Spirit of Children
At the heart of Spirit Halloween is the Spirit of Children program which
focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since
its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has brought smiles, laughter
and a much needed escape to thousands of pediatric patients in 139 hospitals
across the United States and Canada. One hundred percent of the money
collected each year is given directly to the local Child Life Departments
at partner hospitals, such as Covenant Children’s. Spirit of Children’s
goal is to raise $7.8 million this year, bringing its total contribution
total to more than $37 million since the program’s inception. Spirit
encourages customers to head to their local Spirit Halloween store or
visit online to make a difference in a child’s life today.