Halloween came early for dozens of children at Covenant Children's Hospital as they got a special surprise from Lubbock's Spirit Halloween Superstore Tuesday morning.
Around 10 a.m., children left their hospital rooms and rushed to the child life playroom at Covenant where Spirit Halloween volunteers were dressed up and ready to party - working to make hospitals a little less scary.
"This is our second Spirit of Children celebration. We've had more kids this year, and we're still trying to raise money at the store all the way until we close this year," Grant Gassaway, Lubbock Spirit Store owner said.
Volunteers brought 75 costumes from zombies to princesses, 50 pumpkins to paint, 100 Spirit of Children coloring books, more face paint than you can ask for and hundreds of little goodies for the kids.
"One child who had surgery scheduled, but he got to come here first because he had to get his face painted before he went back," Grant said.
"We throw parties all the time, but nothing to this extent. It's just been great," Covenant Child Life Specialist Katie Reed said. "They loved it. It's just awesome for them to get out of their rooms and have some fun because it's not always fun to be here."
Last year Spirit raised $5,000 to give to the Child Life department so the parties could keep coming all year long. This year, they've tripled their goal to $15,000 to brighten the hospital stays of even more children.
"Watching their faces, that makes your day right there. That completely makes it worthwhile - 100% I would drop everything and do this again in a heartbeat," Grant said. "It's hard to describe how it makes you feel. It's hard for me personally to go in a room and try to act excited when you know some of the ailments they're going through. I wish I could do it every day; it makes me feel really good - just proud to be a part of it and us to be able to provide it. It's something really special."
All proceeds from the fundraiser stay right here in Lubbock at Covenant's Child Life department. If you would like help donations can be made at the local Spirit Halloween Superstore.
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