According to Children’s Medical Center Foundation President Brent Christopher,
“Throughout the last two years, children have experienced more mental health stress than ever before due to pandemic-related social isolation, academic challenges and other stressors.
“According to the recently released 2021 Children’s Health Beyond ABC report, in 2020, emergency rooms saw a 24 percent increase in mental health-related visits for children ages 5-11 and a 31 percent increase for older children.
“This holiday season, you can invest in our next generation by engaging with Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the fundraising arm for Children’s Health. There are many ways to share the magical feeling of the holiday season with young patients who may be suffering from mental, behavioral or physical conditions at this time of year.
- “Purchase holiday ornaments and cards: Add a festive touch to your tree with a newly designed Christopher Radko ornament, inspired by our solid organ transplant patient Annabella’s artwork. You can also find holiday greeting cards, photo cards and stickers. Proceeds from your purchases benefit Children’s Health.
- “Plan a virtual NorthPark Santa Visit: Children of all ages can visit with the iconic NorthPark Santa directly from the North Pole through an interactive online platform. Each personalized visit includes a one-on-one conversation with Santa, a family photo moment, animations and more! You can make a reservation to visit with Santa starting on Sunday, November 21. Proceeds will support Children’s Health and help provide a magical holiday experience for all families, but especially for those who are spending the holidays in the hospital.
- “Adopt-A-Family: Many families who have experienced financial and emotional hardships associated with their child’s illness need help from people like you to bring some magic to their holiday season. You can get involved and support our patients and families through the Adopt-A-Family program.
“Getting involved with Children’s Medical Center Foundation means so much to patients across Children’s Health campuses. In addition to the opportunities listed above, there are plenty of other ways to give back this holiday season through Bringmagictochildrens.com.
“As always, we appreciate you considering Children’s Medical Center Foundation as you look for ways to spread joy this holiday season. Together, we can continue bringing these magical moments to kids.”
* Graphic courtesy of Children's Medical Center Foundation ** Photo courtesy of NorthPark Center