Spreading Sunshine began with one family who faced their son David’s diagnosis of Down Syndrome at birth. David’s mom, Abigail, was touched by the kindness and compassion they were shown during the many weeks in the hospital. She saw that other families in the hospital didn’t have the same support and wanted to do something about it. When David (nicknamed “Sunshine” by his sister) was a year old, Abigail sent the very first Sunshine Box to a young girl who was having heart surgery. When others heard about what Abigail had done, they wanted to help. The idea went viral. In almost three years, over 3000 Sunshine Boxes have been sent to families. David and his family sparked a movement of care, compassion and kindness.
cityCURRENT Director of Digital Media, Andrew Bartolotta talks to Diane Smith, Executive Director of Spreading Sunshine where she talks about ways to get involved, upcoming events and fundraising opportunities and how they spread joy each day around the nation.