‘Project Night Lights’ brightens sick kids’ day

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances converged on Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening, flashing their lights to lift patients’ spirits.

It’s part a new program called “Project Night Lights.” The hospital flashed its sign and emergency vehicles responded by turning on their lights. Inside the hospital, kids used flashlights to signal back.

Police who were out for the event say it’s important to show support.

“Just show them that we care, that we know that they are in there fighting for their lives,” Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Kristen Rogers said. “It just warms your heart. It lets you know you are doing something positive and hopefully it warms the hearts of the kids inside to know that people care about them and are looking out for them.”

Eric Karns, who has a child in the hospital, told 24 Hour News 8 he’s happy the community is coming out to remind these kids they care.

“Everyone of them are going through their own battles. They’re all fighting things that kids really shouldn’t go through,” Karns said. “They don’t even realize they’re that sick but this is kind of showing them that, wow, there are a lot of people out there who care about us.”

The hospital plans to hold Project Night Lights at 8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month for the foreseeable future.

“The impact that it’s going to have for our patients and families is they get a chance to see the support, the blinking lights, the flashlights, the cellphones, whatever kind of support we can provide to them is going to be very, very important for them,” Russ Hoekstra of Spectrum Health explained.

Community members are also welcome to go to the hospital and join in by shining their car lights, flashlights or cellphones. You can also donate online to pay for flashlights for the patients.

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