Eight Heartfelt Ways to Help Kids and Families This Holiday Season
November 15, 2021
The countdown to the holidays is on! A great way to start the season of giving is to provide a meaningful gift for everyone on your list.
Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 8th Annual Making Spirits Bright Catalogue includes eight heartfelt gifts for your family and friends that give back to kids and families across the province. Your gift will go even further thanks to the generosity Thrive Wealth Management, who is matching donations up to $50,000. Plus, you can send a personalized e-card to let your loved one know about the impact of their gift.
“We are excited to embark on this new partnership between our wealth management company, Thrive Wealth Management and the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Foundation has achieved extraordinary success in bringing the Children’s Hospital to life in our province, and to sustain such an important piece in our healthcare system, continued support is needed,” says Nicole Westerlund, Vice President, Member and Community Engagement. “By matching donations throughout the giving season, we hope we will inspire others to give a gift that truly improves the lives of children and their families in our community.”
“The Making Spirits Bright Holiday Giving catalogue is full of thoughtful gift ideas for the ones you love, while at the same time making a meaningful difference year-round for many Saskatchewan kids and families needing hospital care. Every dollar makes a difference, as you help make this giving season a time for true celebration. Our Foundation is incredibly grateful for every special gift of hope and the new partnership with Thrive Wealth Management,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.
During the 2020 holiday season, donors in 110 communities across Canada, the US made gifts towards our Making Spirits Bright Holiday Giving campaign. Thanks to these generous hearts and a match from Conexus Credit Union an incredible $160,064 was raised. These donations helped kids breathe better, cope with hospital experiences, make needle pokes less painful, provide better access to mobility equipment, protect the smallest and sickest babies, as well as build better childbirth experiences for Saskatchewan moms.
This year’s Making Spirits Bright campaign runs until December 31, with 100 per cent of your gift supports children and families right here in Saskatchewan.
Preview this year’s gift catalogue below to find a gift that really matters for the loved ones on your holiday list.
Put your gift to the best use possible by supporting the most critical needs of Saskatchewan maternal and pediatric patients. You can make your gift monthly to provide continuous support and receive a cumulative tax receipt issued annually.
Unfortunately, kids undergoing procedures done in hospital often experience stress and anxiety. Virtual reality therapy helps patients lower their pain and ease their stress. This tool helps educate and prepare a child for their medical procedures and provides guided meditative breathing techniques to help cope with pain.
iPads and programming for assessing and treating children beyond paper picture books can be more motivating for children. These tools are easy to clean and provide an important form of alternative communication. This type of programming will enhance the delivery of early childhood speech and language services, allowing kids to communicate with therapists and families easier.
Help purchase a sensory and procedural distraction cart, including fibre optic lights, soothing music, and other sensory friendly items help to mitigate pain and anxiety during these visits and encourage communication during a stressful time.
One in five children experiences chronic pain, which can lead to significant disability and poor mental health. The Comfort Ability Program teaches children and families how pain works in the body and provides coping techniques. It also gives kids and caregivers the chance to learn and practice many proven skills based on cognitive behavioral therapy.
Hands-on simulation training equipment will benefit children admitted to the Emergency Room and their medical team in Saskatchewan’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Simulation training equipment will provide medical teams the ability to practice high-risk procedures in a low-risk environment. When seconds count, your support will help medical teams make critical decisions quickly and effectively to help save children’s lives.
Guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, this important research helps train Indigenous peers to advocate and assist Indigenous mothers through pregnancy, labour, and delivery to postpartum stages. This will be done in partnership with a team consisting of physicians, Indigenous birth support staff, doulas, Elders, researchers and peers to provide a harmonized Indigenous birthing experience. This study will create care bundles consisting of support links and services, essential mother and baby products, and traditional medicines.
You can inspire others and make an impact on maternal and children’s health care, right now. Your donation will provide access to urgently needed equipment enhancements, and programming to help children with hospitalization as well as provide incredible opportunities to support life-saving research.
The share option lets you participate in donating to a higher-cost gift, as your donation will be combined with other share donations to help fund the full amount of the gift.
To help make spirits bright, you can shop the catalogue online or order by phone at 1.888.808.KIDS (5437).