What Your Dollars Can Do

At Starlight, we say that just $1 can deliver happiness to a child in the hospital. But what exactly does that mean?  

Our mission is rooted in the fact that happy kids heal faster. In addition to receiving quality medical care, a child’s emotional and mental health has a significant effect on recovery—feeling anxious, lonely, and afraid of a medical treatment takes a toll on a child’s wellbeing, resulting in a more difficult road to being healthy.  

The impact of a smile can completely transform the hospital experience for a seriously ill kid. That’s why all of Starlight’s programs have been uniquely designed and developed to create moments that help reduce those feelings of fear and anxiety, while offering familiar experiences that helps a child feel a sense of normalcy and comfort.  

So, how can $1 create this experience?  

Each of Starlight’s core programs—Gaming, Deliveries, Hospital Gowns, and Virtual Reality—are designed to be a sustainable, multi-use, and high-impact resource to hospitals supporting seriously ill and injured kids.  

Take a look at these examples to see how your donation can deliver happiness through Starlight programs: 

  • The moment a child has to put on a hospital gown can be scary and anxiety-inducing – but that moment is transformed when they can choose an extra soft gown with ties down the side, featuring bright colors or their favorite character! Just $35 can provide one of these gowns and completely change one of the highest stress moments in a child’s hospital journey.  

  • A Starlight Nintendo Gaming Station can be built and placed for $5,000, which includes a lifetime warranty and tech support. These Gaming Stations can be used by a high number of kids in a single day, so their lasting impact is profound! During longer treatments like infusions, transfusions or chemotherapy, video games help keep a child entertained and distracted. A donation of just $15 can provide an hour of game play to 15 hospitalized kids through Starlight Gaming! 

  • Starlight Deliveries offer our hospital partners a free online platform to order items directly from our inventory of toys, books, games, crafting materials, and other urgently needed products donated by our generous partners. Each pallet of items requires funding to be shipped to hospitals across the country—just a $5 donation helps make it possible for us to pack, ship, and deliver these items. 

  • The cost of building and placing a Starlight Virtual Reality headset is $1,800. Every single day, a VR headset can provide comfort to dozens of children through a wide array of short-term procedures, like getting stitches, cast removal, IV placement, and more. Within about 2 months, a VR headset can bring happiness to over 1,800 kids. With a multi-year lifespan and tech support through Starlight’s partners, $1 can have an incredible impact through VR! 


Starlight relies on the generosity of individual donors to do this important work. We are committed to being transparent about your impact and communicating regularly about how your dollars are being used to help deliver happiness to seriously ill kids.  

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