June 19, 2018
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, will be bringing even more joy to pediatric patients with a new commitment to create 10 Starlight Sites in children’s hospitals nationwide through their $1.5 million partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Starlight Sites will transform sterile hospital environments into brighter, happier spaces for pediatric patients so they can experience more joyful moments. The announcement kicked off yesterday with the unveiling of the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s first Starlight site – a pediatric therapy kitchen for patients and their families to learn to cook meals together – at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
In addition to La Rabida, the Joy in Childhood Foundation committed to open more Starlight Sites in children’s hospitals in markets nationwide. Starlight Sites ease stress and support the overall health and well-being of pediatric patients by providing hospitals with environments designed to be enjoyed by children and their families. Customizable for any healthcare setting, Starlight Sites support kids and families as treatment rooms, teen lounges, playrooms, kitchens, gardens and other healing spaces.
“After seeing the joy that our first Starlight Site brought to kids at La Rabida Children’s Hospital yesterday, we can’t wait to give more children in hospitals nationwide the same opportunity to experience a bright and fun environment that’s designed specifically for them,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, the Joy in Childhood Foundation. “Our hope is that the 10 Joy in Childhood Foundation Starlight Sites bring greater moments of joy to pediatric patients when they need it most.”
In 2017, the Joy in Childhood Foundation made a three-year, $1.5 million commitment to Starlight Children’s Foundation in support of programs that bring joy and comfort to hospitalized kids, including the Starlight Sites program.
“Our goal is to transform hospital environments into places that entertain, educate and inspire the imaginations of seriously children and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “That’s why we’re so grateful to have the amazing support of the Joy in Childhood Foundation as we work together to bring more Starlight Sites to hospitals across the US and give hundreds of thousands of kids and families a chance to experience more joy and comfort in these vibrant and new healing spaces.”