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Kids Day: Tuesday October 7, 2014

Published: Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 - 1:43 pm

View the Kids Day Special Section here.

About Kids Day

Benefitting Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California


What is Kids Day?

When the Shriners opened their flagship facility in Sacramento in 1997, The Sacramento Bee found a way to celebrate the arrival of this unique pediatric medical center. Working in association with the Ben Ali Shrine, The Bee launched Kids Day, a community event to raise public awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. Since then, Kids Day has raised a million dollars to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to provide the gift of specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip, burns and scars from any cause.

Each year on Kids Day, thousands of community volunteers take to the streets to sell The Sacramento Bee. The newspaper is wrapped with a special section written by Shriners Hospitals showcasing its special programs and personal triumphs. This Kids Day section is only available on this day through volunteers selling The Bee on street corners throughout the Sacramento region. The newspapers are sold for $1 each with 75 cents going directly to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Making Dreams Come True

The story of Shriners Hospitals began more than 80 years ago with the dream of providing all children challenged with polio, club foot, absence of limbs and other orthopaedic conditions access to the finest medical care. The first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922 and since then hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from the complex, compassionate care. That care is complemented by collaborative teaching and research programs that seek to provide children with help today and hope for tomorrow.

Since it opened in Sacramento, more than 50,000 children have been accepted for care at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. While each child's experience is unique, all benefit from expert care delivered by an internationally recognized team of physicians devoted to making a positive difference in the lives of children. All care is provided regardless of the ability of a patient or family to pay.

How Can You Help?

The Sacramento Bee Kids Day provides an opportunity for individuals, businesses, clubs, schools and service organizations to make a difference in the life of a child while participating in an exciting community event. Here are the ways you can help:

Volunteer - Starting at 6 a.m. on Kids Day, thousands of volunteers will adopt street corners throughout the region to sell Kids Day newspapers. To volunteer, please call the Kids Day Hotline at 916-453-2332 or email Or please download the Volunteer Participation Form.

Donate today -To make a donation online,  please visit the Kid's Day Donation page or please call (916) 453-2332, or e-mail

Tell a Friend - Encourage your friends to join the Kids Day celebration. By doing so, you will support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to provide expert care to children with orthopaedic problems, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and scars from any cause.

Buy a copy on October 7th at one of these locations.

If you are interested in volunteering for or sponsoring Kids Day, please call (916) 453-2332, or e-mail


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Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
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