Spread the JOY

Who We Are

Our Journey

Humble beginnings

Not all stories have fairytale beginnings. In fact, our journey started in a hospital room. When our founders, Lavesh and Shalini Samtani, found out their daughter had been diagnosed with a ‘one in a million’ childhood disease requiring frequent hospitalization, they were determined to change the hospital atmosphere to a more positive and playful one for their child and other families. They started this project at their dining room table, making curated kits to bring joy, hope, love, and laughter to pediatric hospital rooms. Today, Spread The Joy services over 180 hospitals across North America.

Our Mission

We understand firsthand how traumatic and alienating the experience of pediatric hospitalization can be and our team is deeply invested in Spread the Joy’s mission. That’s why we have created a movement centred on joy: providing hospitalized children with Joy Boxes that are designed to entertain, educate, and, of course, spark joy!

Our Vision

Spread the Joy strives to alleviate some of the stress associated with a pediatric health diagnosis. By creating memorable moments in the hospital room, we empower our little superheroes. It’s not about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving. While others focus on finding cures, our goal is smaller and simpler: We just want to bring a little joy to a sick child’s day.


Looking to donate? We greatly appreciate both monetary and in-kind donations. Be part of the solution and give back today!

Join Our Team

We have a dedicated team that allows us to spread joy. Interested in joining? Reach out to learn more!


Apply to get free Joy Boxes for your hospitals here.