Businesses flash lights to say “goodnight” to kids at Hasbro

By Samantha Fenlon

Local businesses are lifting spirits at Hasbro Children’s Hospital by flashing their lights every night at 8:30 p.m. It was an idea started by a volunteer at the hospital as a way to say "goodnight" to the kids.

ABC 6 News was there Thursday night as 11-year-old Tristen Montalvo continuously flashed the lights from his room at Hasbro. 

"That was incredible, it was so amazing," says Montalvo.

Hot Club was the first business to get involved. Every night the club flashes its neon sign four times to signal the message: "Goodnight Hasbro Hospital."

"We know they get a lot out of it. We’ve already got a lot of feedback," says Hot Club Owner, Joshua Miller.

Steve Brosnihan, a volunteer at the hospital, thought up the idea years ago. He says he was saying goodnight to a patient and decided to flash his bike lights. Now, he wants to get as many people involved as possible.

"It’s been remarkable, a little bit overwhelming," says Brosnihan. "Here at the hospital the most consistent patients we have are generally oncology patients and they are often treated in the pod of the hospital that has the view towards the first of our signals here, especially the Hot Club."

The idea has quickly spread. From Montalvo’s room, ABC6 News saw boats from the Providence Steamboat Company flashing their lights and beeping their horns, as well as the sign at Hot Club, and some people gathering on Veteran’s Parkway in East Providence. 

"It’s wonderful. My son’s been away from home a little more than we expected and I think it’s a nice little way to say goodnight and communicate with people that you don’t know," says Montalvo’s mom, Lea.

When asked what he thought when he witnessed the lights, Montalvo tells us, "I was like, wow, someone actually did that. I was just like amazed."

Brosnihan said so many people are reaching out to him looking to get involved, and he’s even trying to figure out a way for businesses not in the line of sight to the hospital to send messages to the kids.

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