FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – In 2018, The Greater Good of Fort Wayne teamed up with Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and Lutheran Children’s Hospital to try something special for hospitalized patients around the Christmas season.
While some may become overwhelmed by everything that comes with the holiday season, what can easily be overlooked is how isolated children may feel stuck inside a hospital room during this time.
That is when Love Lights, Shine Bright was introduced. Now in its second year, the need for the community to come out and support these pediatric patients is greater than ever. All you need is a flashlight.
“This event is an opportunity to share a special moment with family in a way that you might not be able to otherwise,” stated Jennifer Hale, founder of The Greater Good. “So often our holiday giving has anonymity to it, wherewith Love Light Shine Bright you really see the impact in the crowd and the excited lights shining between the community and families in the hospital.”
On Thursday, Dec. 19, the community is invited to gather at Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House on the campus of Lutheran Hospital at 6:30 p.m. for hot beverages before the progressive walk outside Lutheran Children’s Hospital begins at 7 p.m. It will be
during this time that the community will begin to exchange flashlight beams with patients and families inside to help brighten spirits.
Local a cappella group, Smooth Edge 2 will be leading the group in various Christmas carols along the path. Free parking is available in the north parking garage, just across from MACHH.
A special visitor will also be on hand for participants to visit with after caroling.
“Participants will be covered in the holiday sounds from start to finish, Hale stated.” “This event is a lot more of an emotional experience then people go in thinking it will be.”