Our Mission

Here at Spreading Sunshine, our mission is to serve families whose children have critical or chronic illnesses by providing practical, emotional and spiritual support 

How We Began

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.

our founder

Our Staff


Diane Smith

Diane Smith

Executive Director


Alex Maddux

Program & Volunteer Director

Sandi Slaton

Sandi Slaton

Family Care Director


Kim Erickson

Communications Director