Mini police cruisers brighten spirits at children's hospital

Charity, police departments donate vehicles

By Stephen Anthony Sobek

BOSTON (CNN) - A Massachusetts charitable group is teaming up with local police departments to make the days a little brighter for children going through grueling medical treatments.

A man known for his charity bicycle programs has partnered with several local police departments and donated miniature Power Wheels police cruisers to Boston Children's Hospital.

Instead of children walking or being pushed in a wheelchair around the hospital, kids will now be able to have fun while riding in style.

"I think if you were a kid going to chemo or something else and you're scared, and you walk outside your room and you see one of these Power Wheels you get to ride, versus being put in a wheelchair or being escorted down there on your own ... I think this would ease them a bit," Robert Charland of Pedal Thru Youth said.

Cruisers were donated by police departments from Holyoke, Chicopee, East Hampton and Greenfield. And each ride had its own unique design.

"It's nice to have something to look forward to," said Officer Cody Guilbault of the Greenfield, Massachusetts, police department. "Something to make people smile, something to bring us together. You know it's easy to get lost in the stress, so when you do something like this it unites everybody."

Springfield Technical Community College, Pelham police and Connecticut State Police all made donations as well.

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