12 Days of Giving: Starlight & Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

For almost five years I worked as a chat host with the Starbright (now Starlight) Children's Foundation and have recently re-joined my Starlight family, this time as a volunteer. Starlight, for those unfamiliar is a non-profit benefiting children living with chronic and terminal illness. It provides entertainment, support and a like-minded community for children and teens who spend the greater part of their lives in and out of hospitals. In Starlight's words:

Over the past 30 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation® has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with experts in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and every major pediatric hospital in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. 

Those programs include:

Starbright World® – The first-ever online social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings. Members are able to connect globally with others experiencing similar medical journeys.
Starlight Fun Center® – Mobile entertainment units containing the latest gaming system that roll bedside in hospitals to provide distractive entertainment and therapeutic play for pediatric patients.
Starlight Tablets – A critical resource for healthcare professionals to support the ongoing needs of kids while in the hospital.

Today, as part of Starlight's Twelve Days of Giving Campaign, I'm linking to the a wish list put together by the kids and staff at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's pediatric facility. Wish list items range from Starlight technology/tablets to playing cards and lots in between. These items will live in the hospital and benefit all children and families staying there.

On behalf of Starlight and the kids at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, thank you. Much love.