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On December 13, 2019, members of the Department of Public Works and the Ferndale Fire Department attended “Moonbeams For Sweet Dreams” at Beaumont Hospital. This program was created by the Beaumont Children’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak. At 8:00p.m. every night for the entire month of December, pediatric patients shine lights from the hospital windows and look for community members to stand outside and shine them back. The goal is to let all patients know they’re not alone, and the community is behind them in support of their journey to be happy and healthy.
The members of DPW made arrangements with Beaumont Hospital to bring four decorated trucks to the event. They also donated 1,600 glow stick bracelets to the children to shine back at the community for the entire month of December. Carlos Kennedy, Director of DPW, expressed his interest in attending the event. He stated, “I believe it is valuable for many reasons. We feel it is something positive we can do for the children in the hospital while letting them know we care about them. The DPW team will feel as if they are doing something good as a group, which will help boost morale within the department. It will also allow us to represent our community of Ferndale in a positive light.”
Carlos cited Jason Hobbs, a senior DPW employee, as leading the attendance of the event. “He took the lead on making sure DPW was included this year and provided a donation of wristbands for the DPW crew and their family members to attend,” Carlos said.
The Ferndale Fire Department also attended for the second year in a row. Lt. Schwall stated, “It is a way to bring a little enjoyment to the children that are in the hospital during the holidays, and they can look forward to the event each day.”
Members of the Ferndale Fire Department are planning to attend the event for three separate nights. “This event allows us to give back to the community and give the kids a little joy during their stay at the hospital,” Schwall said.
If you are interested in participating in the event or would like to find out more information, please visit the Moonbeams For Sweet Dreams event page.