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Talking to kids about racism

Some helpful resources, collected by Certified Child Life Specialists, to help you talk to kids about current events.

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  1. Virtual Reality

    $10 could provide 10 hours of virtual reality for a seriously ill kid.

    Give $10
  2. Gaming

    $15 could provide an hour of game play to 15 seriously ill kids.

  3. Hospital Wear

    $25 could provide a comfy and colorful gown for a seriously ill kid.

Every 60 seconds, a child is in need of medical care.

These kids are scared, lonely, and missing out on all of the things that make being a kid fun.  

That’s where Starlight comes in.  

We deliver happiness to seriously ill children and their families at more than 800 children’s hospitals and health care facilities in the US.  

Our state-of-the-art programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming entertain, distract, and inspire hospitalized kids.  

Since 1982, Starlight has brought smiles to more than 16 million seriously ill children and their families. 

  1. 1 min
    How often a child is in need of medical care
  2. 800+
    The number of hospitals and health care facilities in our nationwide network
  3. 16 million
    How many smiles have been delivered since 1982
  4. $10
    The amount that can deliver happiness to 10 children

Be a shining light for seriously ill kids


Because happy kids heal faster

  1. Meet Captain Starlight

    Captain Starlight is just what seriously ill kids need when they are stuck in the hospital, providing fun, entertainment, and smiles. Learn more about how this superhero delivers happiness!

    Meet Captain Starlight!
  2. Hospitalized Kids - a Forgotten Victim of COVID-19

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives. We're separated from extended family and friends and learning new ways to cope with the isolation, stress, and anxiety that's come with this new normal. For hospitalized kids, it's even worse.

    How you can help
  3. Philanthropy that’s Personal; Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor Finds Ways to Give Back

    When Steve was just 30 years old, he was diagnosed with cancer. Read how his outlook changed forever and why he made a promise to himself he would find a way to give back to seriously ill children.

    Meet Steve
  4. During COVID-19: We Are Still Delivering Happiness

    During these challenging times we would like to provide some resources for you and your family we hope you find helpful.

    Starlight's Resources