Long Beach Fire firefighters joined patients at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach as they dressed up and trick-or-treated along a parade route visiting various departments throughout the hospital. Hospital staff participated to make the annual trick-or-treating tradition a memorable event for all of its patients by dressing up and handing out small prizes.
More than 20 firefighters helped Miller Children’s patients into their costumes, pull them in wagons, push their wheelchairs and escort them through the hospital halls collecting treats. The costumed patients trick-or-treat in groups, with each child having at least one firefighter accompany them.
The event is coordinated by LBFDKids and the Child Life Program at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, so that kids don’t feel like they missed out on Halloween during hospitalization. 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.