“Blue Lights and Smiles” event brings Christmas cheer to pediatric patients spending holidays in the hospital

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Local law enforcement agencies brought Christmas magic to children who can’t be home during the holidays. Volunteers brought presents, blue lights and Christmas cheer to sick children in Piedmont Columbus Regional.

The annual event was organized by the West Georgia Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association as a way to show support for children hospitalized over Christmas. A convoy of cars traveled from Columbus State University and flashed their police lights at patients in their hospital rooms.

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Volunteers prayed for the patients and gathered presidents to be taken to the hospital. Due to COVID restrictions, volunteers were unable to hand-deliver the gifts to each patient, but organizer Antoinette Holloway says the event was special nonetheless.

“These children are not allowed to go home because they will be here in the hospital. And we want to do something for them to show that we care about them. And also as law enforcement agencies coming together.”

Antoinette Holloway, President, West Georgia Branch of the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia

Come together they did. Volunteers from the Columbus PD, CSU PD, the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, the Reynolds Police Department, among others, all came out to support these needy patients.

While the holidays may be a difficult time for families with a sick child in the hospital, volunteers say they hope the event showed them that they are not alone — and that they have a community behind them ready to support them. support.

The event reminds you that it only takes a little bit of kindness to spread holiday magic.

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