PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — While the holiday season is full of anticipation and wonder for some families, it can bring about anxiety and worry for others.
A study by Healthline, a consumer health information site based in San Francisco, California found that sixty-two percent of respondents described their stress level as “very or somewhat” elevated during the holiday season. Place on top of that the stress of illnesses in the family, and the holiday season can seem completely overwhelming.
To help make the holidays just a little easier, Go4theGoal, non-profit charitable organization who provides funds and supportive services to children with cancer, is currently working with social workers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Nemours duPont Pediatrics as well as hospitals throughout New Jersey to provide gift baskets to families with hospitalized children.
Families with children hospitalized over the holidays will receive gift bags to help ease their financial burdens Assistant Director of Go4theGoal Carina Trenka said.
“[We want] to give parents the opportunity to do holiday shopping for food and/or gifts without having to worry about their budget,” Trenka said. “Not only are the gift bags packed with snacks, toys, and activities, but also gift cards ranging from $500-$1000 in value to Walmart, Target, or Amazon.”
In addition to the gift bags, some of the hospitals will also be receiving “Gift Card Trees.”
“We load these trees up with not only gift cards, but also toys and snacks,” Trenka said. “The tree is taken around to families spending their holidays in the hospital in the hopes that it lifts their spirits.”
According to their website, Go4theGoal’s mission is to “improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Through our first hand experience with pediatric cancer and our medical background, Go4theGoal provides the best practices to patients, their families, and the hospitals and staff that care for them.”