Loma Linda, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2013
Pediatric patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital kicked off the season on Thursday, Oct. 17, by taking part in the 2013 Spirit of Children Fall Festival.
The event, sponsored by the Spirit stores, allowed the young patients at the hospital to get their pick of costumes, work on arts and crafts, and meet the famous special guest, Olivia the Pig.
“We look forward to this event all year because it’s so heartwarming to see the kids come out and enjoy, even for a few moments, what the rest of the kids outside the hospital are enjoying,” said Jose Velazquez, Inland Empire district manager of Spirit stores.
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Administrator Zareh Sarrafian thanked the Spirit team for bringing fun to the hospital and helping the young patients celebrate the season.
Spirit conducts point-of-sale promotions at stores to collect donations for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. The Spirit of Children program has raised more than $123,000 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to date.
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About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals, and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”