In Hospital Programs


Being in the hospital is tough enough. Candlelighters is there for support every step of the way.

We understand that both in-patient and out-patient stays come with their own challenges, and we hope by providing in hospital programs to our families, they can alleviate some of the stress that comes with them. From meals and snacks to cuddly friends that make pokes easier, our programs provide comfort to our families. 

Snack Cart

Every Friday, the snack cart rolls through the halls of Doernbecher and we offer snacks to patients, family members, nurses and doctors to help make days a bit brighter. Nearly 5,000 snacks are distributed annually. 


Food Pantry

The food pantry offers hearty snacks and small meals to hungry tummies at any time of the day. It can supplement hospital meals or provide relief for families who cannot afford snacks otherwise. Our food pantries serve nearly 500 families a year.


Dinner at Doernbecher and

Lunch at randall children's hospitals

Sometimes you just need a good snack or a hot meal to make a tough day a little bit easier. Candlelighters wants to make sure that families in the hospital are provided with meals to keep them going through their long days. We also want to make sure more time can be spent by their patient’s side, and less time searching for a meal. Purchasing additional meals can be costly as well, and our aim with both our in hospital meals and food pantry is to help ease that burden. 

Dinner at Doernbecher Children's Hospital provides  upwards of 75 meals on a busy night, and impacts an average of 15-20 families. 

Providing lunch to patients at Randall Children's Hospital makes a long, hard day a little bit easier.  Here we serve nearly 30 lunches and make a difference for 10-15 families during their stay. 


Bedside Buddies

Each month Candlelighters delivers nearly 100 lovable, cuddly Bedside Buddies to children at Doernbecher who have recently been diagnosed with cancer. These soft, furry stuffed animals are cheerfully waiting on hospital beds to greet any newly admitted child and there to cling to for reassurance when a child is facing a painful procedure, chemotherapy, scans and more. Our Bedside Buddies can also be found in the arms of children in outpatient oncology and radiation clinics. Although they are only a small distraction from the difficult path each child travels with cancer, they still provide comfort and can bring a smile on a tough day.