The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins had announced the additional nine Starlight Sites it will create in children’s hospitals across the country through their $1.5 million partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Starlight Sites will transform hospital environments into brighter, happier spaces for pediatric patients.
Starlight Sites ease stress and support the overall health and well-being of pediatric patients by providing hospitals with rooms designed to be enjoyed by children and their families. Starlight Sites support kids and families as treatment rooms, teen lounges, playrooms, kitchens, gardens and other healing spaces. The first Joy in Childhood Foundation Starlight Site a pediatric therapy kitchen opened earlier this summer at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
"We saw firsthand at La Rabida Children’s Hospital that bright, kid-friendly spaces designed with patients and families in mind can make a huge impact,"said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, the Joy in Childhood Foundation. "That’s why we’re so excited to bring additional Starlight Sites to hospitals nationwide and give pediatric patients and their families an opportunity to create more joyful moments together when they need it most."
The following additional hospitals will receive a donation to build a Joy in Childhood Foundation Starlight Site:
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA)
- Cleveland Clinic Children’s (Cleveland, OH)
- Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (Greensboro, NC)
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Hartford, CT)
- LAC + USC Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
- Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital (Nashville, TN)
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens (Queens, NY)
- HSC Pediatric Center (Washington, DC)
"We’re incredibly grateful for the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s support and we share their commitment to finding innovative ways to bring joy and comfort to children when they need it most,"said Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. "Through our strong collaboration, we’re transforming hospital environments into brighter, happier spaces for pediatric patients and their families to experience together."
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.
About The Joy In Childhood Foundation
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving kids to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $16 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight creates 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. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health facilities in the US.