Author brings gifts to hospital children unable to trick-or-treat this Halloween

Treats given to kids at Royal Oak Beaumont
Posted at 6:54 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 18:55:18-04

Halloween is one week away, but for some kids trick-or-treating isn't an option because they're in the hospital.

However, a Commerce Township children's author, Kendra Montante, decided to do something to make those children smile. Wednesday afternoon, Montante visited Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital and handed out bags of Halloween goodies for the kids.

Her book, "Booing: A Halloween Tradition," talks about doing something nice for others and paying it forward. Montante wanted to extend that same spirit of kindness to the children at the hospital.

"Just hoping to try and bring some happiness... it's a tough time for some people," Montante said.

She gave the Halloween treats to more than 130 kids. The bags were put together by Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops across metro Detroit. Many had special notes wishing the kids will "get well soon."

Joan Weed's 6-year-old son Jacob was diagnosed with cancer at 5-months-old. He's now on his third round of chemo. While he will be out of the hospital by Halloween, he may not be able to go trick-or-treating.

That's why Weed says this simple gesture means the world to her and Jacob.

"For them to put this on is amazing," Weed said. "It means everything to me... it means everything to him too."

Montante hopes others will see this and be inspired to do something nice for someone else.

She plans on doing this again at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital next year.