With Halloween a little more than a month away, fall festivities are in full swing in the area, including Plattsburgh.
Spirit Halloween is celebrating, by making a difference.
Since 2007, Spirit of Halloween has collected over $54 million from in store fundraising in cash and merchandise to support the efforts of child life specialists who do therapeutic and emotional healing.
Their mission is to make the hospital experience not so scary for sick children and their families.
At Spirit Halloween located at Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh, you can find just about anything you need for your next Halloween including costumes, accessories, and they even have interactive experiences.
However, the store is not only about the spirit of Halloween. It’s also about the spirit of children. Spirit of Children is a fundraising program that provides funds to local children’s hospitals
“The whole thing is about the Spirit of Children is that it’s given not only the kids, but the parents and their family members an opportunity to get involved and make the hospital less scary. It really is the core of our company. It’s something we are really passionate about,” said District Sales Manager Darlene Roseboom.
At checkout associates ask customers if they would like to donate to Spirit of Children. The money raised goes to partner hospitals in order to bring Halloween celebrations, a therapy and child life specialist to children in the hospital.
“We have almost 1400 stores across the country. In our area that we are in we get 100% of it. It will go to local hospitals that we partner with and no matter where we are, it’s always local, “said Roseboom.
Locally, Spirit of Children partners with UVM Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
“North Country is very community oriented and to be able to be able to have a company like spirit that gives money back to local hospitals. It’s a beautiful thing,” said Emily Moosmann, Marketing Director at Champlain Centre Mall.
For more information and to see all partnering hospitals click here.