What Festival Supports | Blank Children's Hospital of Des Moines

What Festival Supports

For decades, Festival of Trees & Lights has supported valuable programs and services at Blank Children's Hospital. In more recent years, Festival has supported the Child Life program and the Center for Advocacy & Outreach at Blank Children's. Both the programs are provided to patients, families and community members at little to no cost, and no one is ever turned away for any reason. That is why community support of Festival is so important. Festival revenue helps ensure these important services are available to all children, including the nearly 40 percent of young patients who are either uninsured or under-insured. 

About Child Life

Child Life Specialists are specially-trained to work with children to help reduce the stress and anxiety that many experience in hospital and health care settings. They also explain procedures in terms that children, no matter what their age, can understand. The Child Life team helps children in the clinics, emergency room, surgery and radiology as well as in the hospital. The Child Life program has grown over the years and now has a staff of 24 Child Life Specialists and Activity Assistants. This expansion would not have happened without the generous support from Festival.

About Center for Advocacy & Outreach

While the Child Life team helps children throughout their health care journey, the Center for Advocacy & Outreach's goal is to keep children out of the hospital. They create programs that promote safety and injury prevention, provide education on healthy living, partner with other medical organizations across the state for neonatal, pediatric and obstetric education with their staff, advocate on behalf of children and families with our legislative officials - along with many other programs. They are a state-wide resource by taking Blank Children's beyond the hospital walls.