Help Us Make Hospitals a Little Less Scary | Spirit of Children

Methodist Emergency Department

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Pekin Emergency Department

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Proctor Emergency Department

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Pekin Urgent Care

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Proctor First Care - East Peoria

2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Proctor First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Morton)

1909 North Morton Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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Spirit of Children

What is Spirit of Children?

Spirit of Children is a program that has been making hospitals less scary for children and their families since 2006 by providing funding to Child Life Departments. It started with Halloween parties at 11 hospitals in 2006, and has grown into providing funding for 140 Child Life Departments across the United States and Canada.

What is Child Life at UnityPoint Health?

The 5-person Child Life Program at UnityPoint Health provides care to children who are hospitalized on the inpatient pediatric unit, undergoing outpatient procedures, or seeking treatment in our emergency department. Additionally, the Child Life Team provides support to children of adult patients in the CVICU, ICU, and L&D when a family member is seriously ill or dying. These services help young patients and their families cope with the trauma and stress of a hospital visit in an effort to reduce anxiety and improve overall health outcomes.


How Do I Participate?

Now throughout October 31st, all Spirit Halloween stores conduct in-store fundraising. Simply make a purchase and request that your donation go to UnityPoint Health. 100% of the donations made at the local stores (listed below), will go to the Child Life Program at UnityPoint Health.

Impact of Spirit of Children

Over the past two years, the Spirit of Children partnership has enabled our Child Life Program to  expand services and provide care to more patients and families throughout the UnityPoint Health - Central Illinois region. This includes increased hours and expanded coverage allowing our Child Life team to triple the amount of pediatric patients seen from 2019.

Last year, Spirit of Children funding also supported the new hire of an ER focused Child life specialist. "Working in the Emergency Department at Methodist has allowed me to serve our most vulnerable pediatric patients facing crisis. I have the unique role of being a safe, calm person that meets the needs of the diverse population seen in our department," says Brittany Driscoll, BS, CCLS. Support the 2020 Spirit of Children program to help fund this important role in our Emergency Department.

10-for-10 Coupon Promotion

Present this coupon in any Spirit Halloween store for 10% off your total purchase. Spirit Halloween will then match that 10% as a donation to our Child Life Program! If you are shopping online, enter promo code GIVING20 at checkout for the same deal. 


List of Local Spirit Halloween Stores




Bloomington 1500 E. Empire Street
Champaign   1901 N. Market Street
Peoria   4100 W. Willow Knolls Drive
Northwoods   2200 W. War Memorial Drive
Veterans Parkway   3211 S. Veterans Parkway
Sterling   2900 E. Lincolnway
Decatur   2800 N. Water Street
Pekin   3531 Veterans Drive