Philanthropy

Children’s Mercy Lets Kids Party with a Purpose

Families can now host birthday parties that make life easier and more comfortable for patients at Children’s Mercy.

For years, considerate kids have bucked birthday tradition. Instead of asking for gifts they’ll enjoy, they’ve asked friends and family for items to give to patients at Children’s Mercy.

The hospital’s newly launched Birthday Party program, part of Children Mercy’s Small Change – Big Difference campaign, makes it even easier for kids to make a difference.

With their parents, they can visit an online birthday party hub, create a party, invite friends and put together a wish list from the Gift Gallery. Guests can then purchase the selected gifts online, which benefit the Child Life Department, dedicated to ensuring the hospital experience is as easy and comfortable as possible for patients and their families. Gifts range from dolls and card games for patient playrooms to instruments used in musical therapy, with prices starting at $10.

“We have a world-class Child Life Department at Children’s Mercy because our donors care about making the hospital experience easier and more comfortable for kids and families,” said Vice President of Philanthropy Jenea Oliver in a statement. “Child Life is all about offering the most compassionate care. The smiles on our patients’ faces let us know these efforts are making a real difference. A visit from a therapy dog brings entertainment and joy, and it also brings stress and pain relief. The program is entirely funded by philanthropy, and we are so very grateful for our donors. You are making a big difference in so many lives, every single day.”

Families that set up a birthday party receive a birthday kit including a ceramic piggy bank and paint pens guests can use to sign or decorate it. And kids who opt to give back on their special day will be in good company—Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer and Mix 93.3′s Jenny Matthews launched their own birthday parties to kick off the program.