Children’s of Alabama’s annual Halloween celebration

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Children’s of Alabama risk management staff . Photo- Cameron Balentine.

Every child is excited about Halloween. At Children’s of Alabama some extra effort is made so that hospitalized children can participate in festivities.

Children’s, the third largest children’s hospital in the country, goes the extra mile to make this day fun and exciting for its patients and families with its annual trick-or-treat parade.

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Staff and volunteers made Halloween special for a little pumpkin. Photo- Cameron Balentine.

More than 50 Children’s departments and the pediatric hospital’s community partners were stationed at tables handing out treats to guests. The annual event, presented by Protective Life Corporation, is an opportunity for ill and injured children to participate in traditional Halloween festivities they might otherwise miss.

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Express Oil change volunteers Via- Cameron Balentine.

Where can you find Fred Flintstone hanging out with Daisy Duck and Cleopatra? At Children’s of Alabama hospital of course. Festive booths were lined up throughout the Children’s Russell and McWane buildings. The volunteers, passing out toys and treats, were as excited as the kids!

Volunteers from Morgan Stanley gushed:

“We love helping out, we are close with the hospital and help out and volunteer at least once a month. It’s an awesome event!”

Children’s of Alabama has a Halloween bash! Via- Children’s Facebook.

It was great to see so many community members coming together — in costume. This is one more example of how the Magic City turns out!

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At Children’s of Alabama there were smiles everywhere…and hugs. Photo- Cameron Balentine.

The children found the the Star Wars characters the most fascinating,  with their movie quality costumes.

Children’s even had Star Wars characters. Photo – Cameron Balentine.

To see children celebrating, and laughing despite many challenges, was heartwarming. The staff and volunteers obviously felt the same way…wall to wall smiles at Children’s of Alabama.

One nonprofit reaching out to another, Hand in Paw volunteers. Photo- HIP.

Adam Kelley, from Communications & Marketing at Children’s, said Children’s staff and community partners have been making Halloween a big deal for at least 20 years.

Children’s tiniest Pumpkin. Via – facebook.com/childrenshospitalofalabama.

Throughout the year, community volunteers step-up to help out the dedicated staff at Children’s of Alabama make special days more fun and exciting for these young patients. Your organization can connect with Children’s for more information about volunteering; visit childrensal.org.  Why not volunteer as well? 

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