Jersey Mike’s fundraiser raises $21,000 for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital program

Jersey Mikes Fundraising Picture 2021
Credit: Providence

SPOKANE, Wash. — A local program that aims to help children in the hospital heal just got a big boost thanks to Jersey Mike’s.

The sandwich chain holds a “Month of Giving” fundraiser each March, with the purpose of giving back to charities nationwide.

This year, the two Spokane Jersey Mike’s locations were able to raise a record total of $21,012 to benefit Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital’s Arts in Healing program.

The program provides young patients with creative therapies including visual art, music and dance. Research shows these therapies can shorten hospital stays, reduce the need for pain management and ease stress and anxiety. A release from Providence stated the program has served more than 13,000 patients and their families over the past decade.

“Arts in Healing makes a profound difference in the lives of our patients and families,” said program coordinator Ann Walker. “Being creative is a proven way for kids to express and communicate the difficult emotions that go along with illness and hospitalization. There have been many times that parents have said the first time they have seen their child smile while in the hospital is when they are getting creative.”

“We are so proud and privileged to be able to support our community with the help of our amazing customers,” said franchise owner Jeff Gates.

The “Month of Giving” campaign ended on March 31 with the “Day of Giving,’ where 100 percent of all sales were donated to a charity selected by local franchise managers. Since launching its partnership with Providence Health Care Foundation in 2016, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $70,000 for programs at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Providence Pediatric Clinics.

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