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Halloween charity project to raise funds for Diamond Children's

Diamani Rubalcaba painted a pumpkin last year during the Halloween party at the Diamond Children’s hospital.

Halloween treat for pediatric patients

September 26, 2015 By Angela Pittenger

This is a Spirit Halloween store, in Paramus, N.J. When we think of charitable giving, Halloween isn’t usually the first holiday to come to mind. But Spirit Halloween, a national retailer with pop-up locations in Tucson, continues to break the mold with its Spirit of Children program, in which each store collects donations for child life departments at local children’s hospitals. Locally, funds are collected for the child life department at Banner Children’s-Diamond Children’s Medical Center, which provides developmental, educational and therapeutic support for children undergoing medical treatment.

Spirit Halloween customers can make donations at any location by purchasing a paper pumpkin for $1 or a rubber bracelet for $2. Donations can, of course, be made in any amount.

There are eight stores — seven in the Tucson area and one in Sierra Vista — collecting donations for Diamond Children’s now through Nov. 2.

In its eight-year history, Spirit of Children has raised $22 million for more than 130 children’s hospitals.

Last year, Tucson’s stores raised $23,000 for Diamond Children’s, said Michael D’Amico, one of Spirit’s Tucson district managers. The company’s goal for this year is for each store to raise $4,000 to $5,000.

The program culminates in a Halloween party — with costumes, activities, goody bags and decorations donated by Spirit and its vendor partners — for the children at the hospital.

Costumes and pumpkins are brought to children unable to leave their rooms.

“They (kids) love it,” D’Amico said. “They really enjoy it every year. It’s a nice treat for them.”

Contact Angela Pittenger at apitteng@tucson.com or 573-4137. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Spirit Halloween locations
6230 E. Broadway 4640 E. Broadway
2930 N. Campbell Ave.
4625 N. Oracle Road
595 E. Wetmore Road
3840 W. River Road
10805 N. Oracle Road, suite 101, Oro Valley
135 S. Highway 92 Unit B, Sierra Vista

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