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Sunshine boxes brighten spirits

Posted: December 18, 2012 - 1:47pm
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Rudy Brostrom, who coordinated the Thank a Wounded Warrior program, laughs with Sgt. 1st Class Victoria K. Baker in the Active Duty Rehabilitation unit.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Rudy Brostrom, who coordinated the Thank a Wounded Warrior program, laughs with Sgt. 1st Class Victoria K. Baker in the Active Duty Rehabilitation unit.

Volunteers from the Thank a Wounded Warrior program made Robin Young’s day Thursday.

“They’ve made me happy,” she said.

Young was one of the patients at the Charlie Norwood VA Center’s Uptown Division who received Sunshine Boxes as the group’s way of showing appreciation for military personnel, veterans and their families.

The boxes were filled with goodies such as candy and cookies. Each box also comes with a card reiterating the group’s appreciation.

“When they are having a bad day, they can open it and get some sunshine,” said Rudy Brostrom, who coordinates the Thank a Wounded Warrior program.

It also helps with the hardship of being away from families, which many of them face, he added.

Thursday, Brostrom was joined by volunteers and Taylor Flippo, Miss Southeast 2012, and Madelyn Wasden, Miss Georgia-Carolina State Fair, to deliver the boxes.

The recipients smiled and many also asked to take pictures with them. Each volunteer also took the time to chat and to say thank you.

“Thank you, James for everything you do,” Wasden told one recipient after talking with him in the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit. “Really appreciate it.”

Over the years, the group has delivered more than 600 Sunshine Boxes to the Charlie Norwood VA medical centers and Fort Gordon, said Brostrom, who is a Navy veteran.

“It’s our way of showing our appreciation, especially to those who are wounded,” he said.

“We just want to say thank you.”

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