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Window-cleaning superheroes return to KGH on a mission for smiles

The Hulk puts on a show during the Superhero Day on Friday, Jul. 24, 2020. Superhero Day is an annual event where the staff from Elite Window Cleaning don costumes to entertain as the clean the windows of the pediatric unit at Kingston General Hospital. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.

The world can always use more superheroes and the staff at Elite Window Cleaning never fail to deliver as they bring a sense of joy and entertainment annually to the children staying in the pediatric department at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site.

This year, perhaps more than ever in the five years Superhero Day has been happening, the sun and Lake Ontario offered a perfect backdrop for the event that brings smiles to the patients and the staff, not only on the pediatric ward, but throughout KGH. As the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted visitors at the hospital, these caped crusaders were more than welcome visitors on Friday, Jul. 24, 2020.

“This year is an extra special superhero day for our pediatric patients,” said Stacey Wolfrom, Program Operational Director for Women and Children’s Programs at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic these young patients haven’t been able to have as many family members visit them, or socialize with other kids in our playroom. Superhero day is a safe and memorable way to brighten their hospital experience.”

Each year, Elite Window Cleaning goes to the effort of making meticulous plans, getting dress and prepared in costume, and saying hello to the kids in pediatric care at KGH. At the same time, 10 per cent of all the funds the company makes during the day (in all the cities they serve) is donated to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation in support of local hospitals.

“We are just so grateful to be able to contribute to the community with our humble trade,” Elite Window Cleaning said in a post on social media.

“If you enjoy the event please donate to KHSC at the link below. These folks are the true superheroes and deserve all the accolades and recognition for the work they do every day!” the company continued, referring to a link to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation website.

Indeeed, it is a day that just about everyone in Kingston loves, especially those with KHSC and the child patients they serve, Wolfrom expressed.

“Our patients and staff look forward to superhero day every year. It’s impossible not to smile when you see the heroes interacting with patients through the windows,” she said.

While Kingstonist was not able to shoot photos from inside the hospital this year due to the pandemic, we still managed to get some great shots a favourite day annually for many Kingstonians.

Batman looks down over the Limestone City during Superhero Day at Kingston General Hospital. Photo by Matthew Manor/KHSC.
The superheroes prepare for the descent as eager kids await in the windows. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.
And they’re off on their mission to keep the windows of KGH squeaky clean, and the kids on the pediatric ward smiling and laughing. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.
Spiderman points to the smiling faces on the pediatric ward at Kingston General Hospital on Friday, Jul. 24, 2020. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.
Some more smiles with Spiderman during Superhero Day at KGH on Friday, Jul. 24, 2020. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.
The Hulk gets ready to put on a show for the kids watching on the pediatric ward of KGH. This photo was taken outside moments before the top photo in the article was taken inside. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.
Mission accomplished! The Hulk flexes for the onlookers after completing the window cleaning and entertaining on Superhero Day at KGH. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.
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