Singing and shining

Notre Dame choir members help bring Christmas joy to pediatric patients in Royal Oak.

Last night, members of Notre Dame's student and alumni choirs visited Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak to sing Christmas carols and participate in the hospital's “Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams,” a program created by the Beaumont Children’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council to bring holiday cheer to its youngest patients.

The program runs every evening at 8 p.m. during the month of December and features pediatric patients shining flashlights from their hospital windows. They then look for community members standing outside the hospital's East Tower of the Children's Hospital to shine them back.

“Many children are unable to leave their rooms and can feel isolated in the hospital as the rest of the world continues without them,” Beaumont Children’s Child Life Supervisor Kathleen Grobbel said. “With the help of the community, we can make sure they go to bed with smiles on their faces.”

According to Notre Dame choir director Dave Fazzini, who helped organize the school's participation in last night's event, it's a very worthwhile way for students to give back to their community.

"With so many of those young patients in the hospital during the Christmas season, we think that if we can bring just a few minutes of joy to them, we are very glad to do it," he said. "Our kids were great last night and I am so proud of them."

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