$1.6 million in grants from Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day contributed to sustaining child life programming nationwide through the Dunkin’® Joy in Childhood Foundation®, showing the profound impact a cup of iced coffee can make
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation announced that $5,000 is being granted to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital to bring joy to kids in Western New York. The Foundation is hosting celebrations across the country and delivering the $1.6 million in funds raised on Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day to children’s hospitals, fortifying its commitment to bringing the simple joys of childhood into the lives of kids battling hunger or illness.
With this grant, the Child Life Department at Oishei Children’s Hospital will be able to restock toys in their playrooms; purchase more art supplies and comfort items; and purchase more age-appropriate games for their young teen patients.
“Children battling illness are often unable to experience the simple joys of childhood, and our guests and franchisees teamed up to make a difference for kids in hospitals across the country,” said Western New York Dunkin’ Franchisee Reggie Bowman. “I am so proud to be part of a franchise community that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities we serve, and I am thrilled that together we are able to help the kids at Oishei Children’s Hospital, brightening even their toughest of days.”
Grant funding from the Foundation will help hospitals expand their impact. These grants will fuel a variety of child life programming ranging from art, music and integrated therapy programs, including yoga and reiki, to the provision of electronic gaming equipment and specialized summer camps. These camps provide joyful experiences and environments for patients and their families. The funds also support interactive play and learning equipment, adaptive equipment for kids with mobility issues, everyday essential kits for patients, wall murals, celebratory events for patient milestones, and the staffing of child life specialists, among other initiatives.
These grants are part of a commitment by the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, Dunkin’ and its franchisees to bring the simple joys of childhood to kids facing hunger or illness. Since its inception in 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $45 million to national and local nonprofits.
About the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation partners with food banks, children’s hospitals and nonprofit organizations to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $45 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country thanks to the generosity of its franchisees, guests, vendor partners and employees. For more information, please visit www.bringjoy.org.
Dunkin’, founded in 1950, is the largest coffee and donuts brand in the United States, with more than 13,200 restaurants in nearly 40 global markets. Dunkin’ is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit DunkinDonuts.com and InspireBrands.com.