The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. But, the need for community support has never been stronger, especially for children spending the holidays in the hospital.
While it’s not safe for people to gather outside Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak this year to show support for pediatric patients, the Beaumont is turnings its fourth annual "Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams" program into a virtual experience.
Community members are invited to upload videos and photos on beaumont.org/moonbeams. Simply click “Share Your Story” and you’ll be prompted to “Share a Video” or “Share a Photo.”
"We're hoping that the kids will still feel that support from the community by getting these virtual messages," Kathleen Grobbel, Child Life Supervisor for Beaumont, told WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites.
Every week, Beaumont will compile some of the videos to create a video that will be shared with pediatric patients and on Beaumont’s social media channels.
The program runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31.
Please keep videos to 30 seconds or less and follow these guidelines:
- Identify yourself
- Wish children sweet dreams and happy holidays
- Shine a flashlight
- Consider sharing some of your holiday decorations and lights
Grobbel said Beaumont will also have some projectors outside so the kids can still see some fun lights from their windows.
“Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams is always incredibly meaningful to our patients and families,” Grobbel said. “We are all looking forward to seeing the crowds outside the hospital again next year. However, I’m thrilled we will be able to continue the program virtually this year.”
Each child admitted to pediatrics or the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in December will receive a Moonbeams backpack. Backpacks will contain all the supplies needed to light up their patient room including:
- Fairy lights
- Glow sticks
- Light up toys
- A flashlight
“Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams” was created by the Beaumont Children’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Numerous donors have supported the program over the years. To view a list of contributors and information about how to donate to Beaumont Children’s, visit beaumont.org/moonbeams-giving.