Mariah Bouwkamp is making Christmas cards to give to children at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
ROCKFORD, Mich (WZZM) -- Some children can't be home for Christmas and a West Michigan teenager wants to make their holidays a little brighter.
Mariah Bouwkamp, 17, is making Christmas cards to give to children at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
Tuesday night she hosted an event at Rockford ambulance to make the homemade cards. Bouwkamp came up with the idea after a child living near her grandmother was treated at the children's hospital.
"When he was recently in the hospital, my grandma asked his mother if there was anything she could do. And she said 'he loves getting cards.' So when she told me this, it sparked the idea to make cards for everybody else in the hospital so they feel special on Christmas," said the teen. "I don't want them to say 'I hope you feel better.' I wish it would be happy Christmas thoughts and hope Santa visits you and good joys and stuff like that in the cards."
Bouwkamp says any cards left over will not go to waste. They will be given to veterans and the elderly.