• Jared and members of the Head-Royce Open Water Swim Club dedicated their Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim and Lake Tahoe Open Water Swim to support our allergy and asthma center. (From left to right: Ayumi, Jared, Finn, Ben, and Chetan.) “One of our most precious successes was fortifying our friendship when we tackled something so challenging and hard together as a team.”—Jared, 17
  • Dean has faced severe food allergies since a young age. Thanks to a clinical trial, he can now live a normal life. He hosts an annual bass fishing tournament to raise money for the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. “I decided to fundraise for the Hospital and give back to the people who saved my life.”—Dean, 17
  • Aditya and his sister, Trisha, 14, created escape rooms and raised $1,065 for Packard Children’s child and adolescent mental health programs. “I realized I could be an agent of change and provide a positive impact for my community.”—Aditya, 15


Students for Packard: Philanthropy Begins at Any Age

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

How Kids Can Give Back to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford   

As a not-for-profit hospital, Packard Children’s relies on community support to advance care and cures for kids, so it’s not surprising that some of our most active and creative supporters are kids, too! 

Students for Packard offers a unique and exciting opportunity for K-12 students, university undergraduates, and extracurricular groups to give back and learn about philanthropy by fundraising for our hospital. Through dance-a-thons, talent shows, bake sales, and many other fun events, kids are turning their passions and interests into life-changing support for patients and their families—while also learning important values and skills. 


We spoke with Madison Lambert, MPH, our assistant director of community fundraising, to learn more. 


Why is philanthropy important for kids? 

Students realize the rewards of giving back, including building empathy and a sense of purpose, while developing skills in leadership, organization, and collaboration. 


How can parents support their children in giving back? 

Parents are key players in providing guidance and, most importantly, cheering their kids on! Many of our young volunteers say their parents work behind the scenes to support them in their fundraising. 


Why do kids choose to support Packard Children’s Hospital with their philanthropy? 

Our youth fundraisers want to help kids be kids! Some were patients who experienced our hospital’s life-saving care and want to give back to support their care providers, while others know friends or neighbors who were treated at our hospital. 


What are some of the most creative fundraisers kids have hosted to raise money for Packard Children’s Hospital? 

Students are great at using their creativity to make fundraising fun! For example, a group of high school students from the Open Water Swim Club used their swimming events to raise money, while others have held bass fishing tournaments and escape rooms. Kids can take any interest or hobby and use it to give back to our hospital’s patients and families. 


What resources do you provide young fundraisers and volunteers to help them succeed? 

Our team is ready to support their needs. We can provide tips to get them to their goal, event day assistance, small giveaways, and customizable, online donation pages to ensure that their event or project is successful. 


To learn more, visit my.supportLPCH.org/StudentsforPackard or contact StudentsforPackard@LPFCH.org 


4 Ways Kids Can Get Involved 

  1. Celebrate with us: Dedicate your birthday to Packard Children’s Hospital and ask for donations in addition to or in lieu of gifts. 
  2. Host a bake sale: Sell your treats and ask for donations in return. This can be done anywhere— schools, online, or even farmers’ markets. 
  3. Dance to raise funds: Host a dance-a-thon at your school or at home with your friends. Get creative with how you ask people to donate. 
  4. Showcase your talents: Whether it’s playing the piano, performing a karate routine, or even yodeling, you’ll have fun while giving back. 


This article originally appeared in the Fall 2023 issue of Packard Children’s News.  

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