Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta invites the community to make a meaningful date with Lights of Love this Valentine’s Day. Feb. 14, Children’s staff, volunteers, families and supporters will stand outside, positioned on the sidewalk across from Children’s at Scottish Rite hospital and in the garden at Children’s at Egleston hospital, for the inaugural event. Together, participants will shine flashlights at patients, who will shine back at the crowd through hospital windows.

The event was organized as an interactive way for the Atlanta community to show their Children’s spirit and support, sending love and joy to those patients spending Valentine’s Day in the hospital. Attendees are encouraged to wear red and bring one flashlight per individual or plan to use a cell phone flashlight. Flashlights will be illuminated from 6:30 to 6:35 p.m. at Egleston and from 7:30 to 7:35 p.m. at Scottish Rite. In honor of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, cardiac patients at Egleston will shine special red lights from their floor.

“Kids in the hospital often miss out on many childhood rites of passage,” Melanie Turner, volunteer coordinator at Scottish Rite, said in a news release. “This season, that includes special Valentine’s Day activities at school and card exchanges with friends. We thought it would be wonderful to rally around our brave patients by sending them one big, virtual Valentine. It’s all about reminding them that the Atlanta community cares and will always be cheering them on.”

Egleston is located at 1405 Clifton Road in Atlanta, and Scottish Rite is located at 1001 Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs. At Egleston, walking or ride share is encouraged if possible, as limited parking will be available at nearby Druid Hills High School (no hospital parking in Children’s decks). At Scottish Rite, parking will be available at Peachtree Dunwoody Medical Center, with $5 overflow parking at Medical Quarters. Upon arrival, guests should follow the signs to the designated viewing areas, where volunteers will be on hand to direct attendees.

For additional event information and specific parking instructions, visit www.choa.org/lightsoflove.

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