For more than 35 years, Starlight has lived by one simple but important mission—delivering happiness to seriously ill kids. Our programs have positively impacted more than 16 million hospitalized kids across the country during some of their scariest and most stressful moments. The need for Starlight Programs has never been more important.
Our hospital partners are inundated and struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitalized kids are impacted more than ever. Right now, hospitals are restricting visitors and closing communal spaces like playrooms and teen lounges, causing seriously ill kids to feel even more isolated and alone. As a result, hospitals are turning to Starlight Programs to provide entertainment, fun, and much-needed distraction.
We’re incredibly thankful and appreciative of the dedication and tireless work of our nation’s hospitals and health care professionals. This includes our incredible hospital partners across the U.S. and their commitment to the health and wellbeing pediatric patients and families during this time of need.
As we navigate through the crisis together, below are some resources we hope you might find helpful.
Answering Kids’ Questions About the Coronavirus
Looking for help answering your kids’ questions about COVID-19? Our fantastic hospital partner, Children’s Hospital Colorado, put together this video where a curious child asks an expert common kid questions about the virus.
Explaining COVID-19 to kids
We recommend COVIBOOK by Manuela Molina Cruz. This free digital book—available in more than 20 languages—offers opportunities for emotional expression and clarity for little ones at this time. Thank you to all of our Child Life Specialists for sharing!
Starlight knows how stressful and scary health emergencies can be for kids, to help you during this time we have provided a tips on how to talk to kids about coronavirus. Read them here, or you can download below.
Need activities to keep the kids busy while you're home? We’ve got you covered! Check out Starlight coloring pages or join our 2020 Design-A-Gown campaign. Your kids (and you!) can design a gown that makes you happy while giving back to hospitalized kids.
Download this What Is My Doctor Wearing coloring page, created by a Certified Child Life Specialist, explaining COVID-19 and what is happening in hospitals through a fun coloring activity.
Finally, we understand that we are all living through not just a medical, but an economic crisis. Starlight is facing urgent needs; at the same time, we know not everyone can give. If you are able, please consider a donation to Starlight. Help us reach every child who needs access to our programs, such as Starlight Gowns, now and in the future.
We have a list of resources and free opportunities specifically for healthcare professionals, check it out here.