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People Gather Outside This Children's Hospital with Lights Every Night in December

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During the darker months of the year, it’s often comforting to be surrounded by lights, especially amidst the holiday season.

Families load up in their vehicles and drive around their neighborhoods, taking in the twinkling glimmer.

But for children stuck inside a hospital, December might seem like any other month. Thankfully, many children’s hospitals find ways to make this time extra special for their patients.

Toy drives and fundraisers help make Christmas inside hospital walls possible. But even then it can be hard for children who are often confined to a small area.

This is why Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, hosts “Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams” in December.

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The program was created by Beaumont Children’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council. According to the hospital’s website, 2018 marks the second annual month-long event.

“Many children are unable to leave their rooms and can feel isolated in the hospital as the rest of the world continues without them,” Kathleen Grobbel, supervisor for Beaumont Children’s Child Life, explained.

She went on to note, “With the help of the community, we can make sure they go to bed with smiles on their faces.”

And those smiles are lighting up the night each and every night in December. With flashlights in hand, patients and community participants are able to connect in a special way.

“At 8 p.m. every evening in December,” the hospital’s website reads, “pediatric patients will shine flashlights from the hospital windows and look for community members standing outside the hospital to flash them back.”

The event is truly something to behold. According to Fox 2 Detroit, an estimated 200 community members participate every night.

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Weather can’t hold back those dedicated to the cause, either. Fox 2 reported crowds have grown to 350 people, snowstorm or not.

“I don’t know who gets more out of this, the kids or us,” participant Kyle Smalley told Fox 2. The joy on everyone’s faces is undeniable.

If you are in the area and are interested in participating in “Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams” there is still room to sign up.

Visit the hospital’s website to fill out a sign-up form and to find out more information on which evenings are in need of more moonbeams.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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