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MAKING A MARK: Local woman delivers 'sunshine' through gift boxes

Tasha Pinkston-Moore has made it her mission to make people smile. Her personal struggle inspired the project.

One of the happiest moments of Tasha Pinkston-Moore’s life is connected to one of the scariest.

Pinkston-Moore started having seizures during her second pregnancy. That led to a terrifying episode in 2017. 

“From what my husband was telling me, I had passed out and he had to do chest compressions on me,” she said. “I had had a seizure and that caused temporary paralysis.”

She ended up having to spend two months at Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. “You kinda go through a lot of different stages,” said Pinkston-Moore, “like, 'Oh my goodness, I cannot believe this is happening to me. What are we gonna do?’”

Miraculously, she regained use of her legs and was released—but not before noticing something disheartening at the rehab center. “A lot of people just didn't have that family support,” said Pinkston-Moore. “Some of them have family put them in there and they don't go see them, or they don't have family at all.”

In an effort to spread cheer to those who could use it most, Pinkston-Moore started a project called ‘Sunny Dayz’ using her already established printing company ‘Blinged Out’ to help put a smile on people’s faces. 

"Why don't we just start giving out these boxes to people that has all kind of nice little things in it?," she said. “This is just a little something to say that, 'Hey, somebody cares about your situation out there. You're not by yourself.'”

Pinkston-Moore said it’s her way of reminding others that every cloud has a silver lining. 

“I'm not where I was. And so, that for me is progress,” she says. “I wanna help someone else be able to progress and to put a smile on somebody's face.”

If you would like to nominate someone going through a tough time to receive a 'Sunny Dayyz;' gift box, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sunnydayyz-305632600134791/ or email sunnydayyz.321@gmail.com.