The Spreading Smiles volunteers visit dozens of hospitals and hundreds of homes regularly to bring joy and fun to individuals with illnesses and physical disabilities. Singers, instrumentalists, dancers, magicians, jugglers, clowns, comedians, storytellers, we got them all. We tailor each visit to the appropriate age, situation, and taste. This flagship program now completes more than 85 visits each month!
Woodworking and Arts & Crafts
We arrange fun activities for children who are ill, whether in their home or in our Family Center. Examples include craft and woodworking kits, baking projects, food decorating and many other activities. These activities often involve one-on-one sessions with professional craft instructors.
Throughout the year, Spreading Smiles hosts several large-scale parties, carnivals, a Summer Cruise of the NY Harbor, and other events for patients and their families. These events include celebrity performers, exciting entertainment, food, games, and other fun activities. Some of these events are attended by well over 1,000 guests.
Spreading Smiles sponsors family events and outings such as bowling parties, outings to pizza parlors, ice cream shops, and recreation centers; and special trips, such as a behind-the-scenes tour of Newark International Airport.
We stocks thousands of titles in four separate libraries in New Jersey, California, and the hospital areas of Massachusetts and North Carolina. Titles range from humor to educational, and everything in-between. Spreading Smiles also stocks dozens of DVD players for patients’ use.
Our trailers are packed with toys and gifts for all ages. Through the course of a year, during visits, events, and in other situation, we give more than 12,000 gifts, valued together at over $200,000.
Spreading Smiles endeavors to satisfy special requests of children who are facing serious illnesses. Common requests include special trips and visits by celebrities. Participating celebrities have included President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, and noted radio personality and commentator Mark Levin.
The Family Center is an accessible, all-encompassing safe haven, home away from home for patients and their families, where children with illnesses or physical disabilities can enjoy a few hours of entertainment, education and quality family time while their parents and caregivers receive some rare respite and relaxation – all free of charge.