Starlight’s goal is to create moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.
Their partnership with Michaels has resulted in a tremendous day of giving back. The Michaels backpacks were filled with cool arts, crafts, and other supplies to inspire creativity and bring smiles to seriously ill children of all ages. From April 23-29, Michaels’ team members delivered a total of 30,000 backpacks to kids at over 380 hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
“Michaels is helping to bring moments of joy of comfort to millions of seriously ill children and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Michaels backpacks will bring smiles to 30,000 children and we’re grateful for their continued generosity in communities across North America.”
LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles and Children’s Health in Dallas hosted special kick off events on April 24 and April 28, respectively, during National Volunteer Week. Michaels team members from 1,300 participating local stores and corporate headquarters delivered hundreds of bags room-to-room and took part in art and craft activities with hospitalized children and their families.
Chuck Rubin, CEO of Michaels said, “Giving back is a key value at Michaels, and we are grateful to have a partner in Starlight Children’s Foundation that supports us in bringing our commitment to life. We are proud to have our team members across the country celebrating National Volunteer Week this way and hope the backpacks being delivered this week provide some comfort, amusement, and inspire creativity for both the kids and their families.”