Community members will have an opportunity to light up the night – and the hearts of hospitalized children – at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, when Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Upstate brings Good Night Lights to Greenville.
The Upstate event will feature milk and cookies, gifts and a tree lighting – but, at its core, it’s essentially a conversation of lights, with community members shining flashlights toward windows of pediatric patients who can then shine back their own lights.
“For children and families especially, it can be tough to be hospitalized – but it’s even tougher over the holidays,” Robin LaCroix, medical director of Children’s Hospital–Upstate said. “This simple gesture is a great way for our community to send well wishes and positive thoughts as we, literally, brighten the holidays for our families.”
The Sunday event opens with a milk and cookie drop-in for community members and their families at Greenville Memorial Hospital’s Sharupa Community Room. Children who are hospitalized will also be having their own treats from the Children’s Hospital playrooms or in their own rooms.
At 6:30 p.m., flashlights, glow sticks, cell phone lights and police-car lights will shine from in front of Greenville Memorial Hospital, with patients and families answering in turn from the fifth and six floors of the Children’s Hospital. Hospitalized children will be provided flashlights, while community members are encouraged to bring flashlights from home or use their cellphone lights.
At 6:45 p.m., two ambassadors from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will help close out the event by leading the gathered crowd in a count down to light the approximately 20-foot Christmas tree in front of Greenville Memorial Hospital.
“We’re thrilled to do to this for our hospitalized families as well as our greater communities,” Taylor Stathes, manager of child life and special programs said. “It’s just a great way to show our support outside of the typical work day.”
Anyone wishing to bring donations to hospitalized children are encouraged to bring books, Matchbook cars, Play-doh or UNO cards. All gifts must be new and unused. Also popular with families are $5-$10 gift cards to nearby restaurants or businesses.
For more information about how to support Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in Greenville, visit http://bit.ly/GoodnightLightsGVL.
When: 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8
Where: 701 Grove Rd, Greenville