LBFD Firefighters Help Patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Enjoy Halloween

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Miller Children's patient stops by the gift shop at Long Beach Memorial, one of the designated  Halloween parade stops, with her firefighter buddy from the Long Beach Fire Department.

Miller Children’s patient stops by the gift shop at Long Beach Memorial, one of the designated
Halloween parade stops, with her firefighter buddy from the Long Beach Fire Department.

Dozens of firefighters from the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) joined more than 60 patients and families at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach for its annual trick-or-treating Halloween parade. For more than 25 years, members of the Long Beach Fire Department attend the Halloween parade and buddy up with pediatric patients who are not well enough to leave the hospital and participate in traditional trick-or-treating.

Firefighters lent a helping hand by pushing children in wheelchairs, helping them walk with their “IV poles” and transporting children in wagons through the hallways from department to department to trick-or-treat for healthy treats and small prizes.

Firefighters and volunteers had extra bags they filled with goodies and delivered them bedside to patients that were too sick to leave their room.

“On Halloween, these kids aren’t typically used to being in a hospital,” says Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life, Miller Children’s. “They’re used to being at their school Halloween parade or trick-or-treating with their family and neighbors. But since they are here, we do the next best thing and bring the trick-or-treating indoors and get the entire hospital staff behind it. Instead of visiting different houses, kids visit different hospital departments, and this year we’ve even added a Haunted House with the help of our pediatric rehab team.”

The event is coordinated by LBFDKids and the Child Life Program at Miller Children’s. The LBFDKids Program was established to enhance the lives and well-being of the children at Miller Children’s, by bringing smiles and laughter through special events and activities.

The Child Life Program was developed to help make the hospital experience more positive for children of all ages. Child Life Specialists plan individualized and group programs that help children adjust to their hospital stay and promote the continuity of normal, daily childhood activities.

“We are so grateful to the LBFDKids, who take the time to pair up with each of our patients, to give them and their families, a fun-filled Halloween that everyone deserves,” says Goshert.

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