ROYAL OAK, Mich. – In 2017, Beaumont Hospital tried something new for its children’s hospital patients.
Aware of how isolating it can be for children to be stuck inside a hospital during the holidays, they started Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams.
Now in its third year, the program has grown considerably, but Beaumont Children’s is still asking for the community’s help. All you need is a flashlight.
Every night through Christmas at 8 p.m., pediatric patients will shine flashlights from hospital windows and look for community members standing outside the hospital to shine their light back at them. It only takes a few minutes, but often means a great deal to young patients and their families.
“We are so incredibly grateful to have captured the enthusiastic support of the greater, Royal Oak community,” said child life supervisor Kathleen Grobbel. “In addition, we very much appreciate the selfless dedication of our volunteers and staff, without whose efforts we would not be able to make this popular event happen.”
You can visit beaumont.org to sign up. Signing up is not mandatory, but it does give the hospital an idea on how many people they need to help with traffic and parking cars.
More information can be found at Beaumont’s official website here.