Injured Sergeant Receives Holiday Gift

Sergeant First Class Chris Brown is a Spanaway resident who was injured during deployment and who is now recovering at home for the holidays. Yesterday, the exterior of his home was decorated to show support to his family — a gesture made possible by Talking Rain.

The Preston-based beverage company, which makes flavored sparkling waters, makes philanthropic initiatives one of its foundational pillars. Since 2016, the company has sponsored the Honor Flight Network to honor veterans and has raised over $200,000.

“Having spent nearly five years serving with the U.S. Navy, the Honor Flight Network is an organization close to my heart,” Chris Hall, CEO of Talking Rain, said on the company’s website. “It was important to me that we inspire and motivate our team while giving back to our veterans.”

This year, the company is looking beyond supporting veterans, aiming to extend help to those who are still in the service like Brown.

“Our company became so invested in this program that we began to look for ways to extend our support of veterans beyond those who served years ago,” said Mallory Megown, community relations manager at Talking Rain. “We also wanted to reach out and support those veterans and their families who are still active duty.”

One of the ways the company is doing so this year is by decorating Brown’s home, a gift that Megown said will bring holiday cheer to a house that otherwise may not have been decorated because of the injuries Brown sustained. Brown was injured during a combat operation while deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

“Giving back in this way is truly our honor,” said Megown. “We are forever grateful for SFC Brown and his fellow service members for all they do to allow us to fully enjoy a safe and merry holiday season.”

is an assistant editor at 425 magazine.
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