*Hospital Happenings®


Hospital Happenings in Midwest


Hospitalization is not generally associated with fun and good times for anyone, but it's especially tough on children and teens. Though doctors, nurses, family, and friends make long stays more bearable, pediatric patients endure a great deal of time feeling lonely, bored, and scared. That's where Starlight comes in!

Hospital Happenings are fun-filled parties and therapeutic workshops on-site at the hospital. These interactive events include laughter-packed visits from musicians, clowns, and entertainers, plus other special activities such as movie nights, game tournaments, and crafting extravaganzas. All pediatric patients are welcome, as are their parents and siblings. And if a child must stay in bed, we can often bring the party to their room!

Hospital personnel recognize Hospital Happenings as highly effective morale boosters that enhance much-needed social interaction. These diverse events promote creative self expression, a sense of humor, and cheerful attitudes. For children, the ability to share a laugh with family, friends, and caregivers can be the very best medicine.

Hospital Happenings are heart-warming experiences for both participants as well as planners. Enthusiastic volunteers, combined with the generosity of individuals and corporations, make it all possible. Frequently, businesses and organizations sponsor events, and their employees volunteer to participate.

Hugs for the Holidays

Put a smile on the face of a sick child by sending a warm, cuddly teddy bear and help support Starlight’s Hospital Programs! With the help of friends like you, seriously ill children will receive cuddly teddy bears to love and treasure for a lifetime. The bears provide a welcome distraction from the stress and fear that children experience while in the hospital, and help boost their strength. Your gift will help a child through a very difficult time and help fund innovative programs that empower, educate, entertain and inspire hospitalized children throughout the Midwest. Bears can also be sent in honor of your clients, friends and family members.

The cost of brightening the life of a seriously ill child is only $25.

Click here to send a Starlight Teddy Bear!


To learn how you or your business can get involved in Hospital Happenings, please contact Emily Abbott.