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Sunshine Boxes created for military members, veterans

Sunshine Boxes help Thank a Wounded Warrior

Posted: November 7, 2013 - 8:53am
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Judy Brostrom looks at her 8-year-old granddaughter Savana Sullivent while they pack candy and other goods in Sunshine Boxes that will be delivered to veterans next week.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Judy Brostrom looks at her 8-year-old granddaughter Savana Sullivent while they pack candy and other goods in Sunshine Boxes that will be delivered to veterans next week.

With boxes of goodies in hand, volunteers shared laughs and fellowship while packing more than 160 small boxes that filled Rudy Brostrom’s dining room and kitchen.

The boxes, known as Sunshine Boxes, are part of Thank a Wounded Warrior’s efforts to show support for those who are serving and have served in the military, said Brostrom, the initiative’s coordinator who is a Navy veteran.

“We need to wrap those people in our arms and let them know we care,” said the North Augusta resident. “That’s why when we deliver the boxes, we don’t just drop them off. We sit down with them and express our thanks. Show them that we truly appreciate them.”

Brostrom began the effort several years ago, and over the years, Thank a Wounded Warrior has delivered more than 1,200 Sunshine Boxes to Fort Gordon and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

The boxes that were packed Oct. 30 will be delivered next week by the group of volunteers who will be joined by several beauty queens from South Carolina.

The boxes were filled with items including candy, snacks and a card.

Rob Johnson, a Martinez resident, was among those who gathered for the latest box packing. It was his first time participating.

“We’re just so fortunate to have men and women stand up for this country,” said Johnson, who served four years in the Marines. “It’s just a little bit of a thank you for what they’ve done.”

 

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