Great Day on the Chesapeake Bay. David’s Drive 831 sponsored a fishing trip on Friday, May 12th for several Veterans. Although the weather was a little gloomy, everyone got to reel in “the big one”. A World War II Veteran told us “I’ll remember this trip for years to come”. Helping Veterans Because We Should.
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We send care packages all over the world
David's Drive 831 members are always looking for fun ways to increase exposure.
DD831 members join the “Army for Heroes" by volunteering for clean-up day for the Medal of Honor Grove. The grove is located at 1601 Valley Forge Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460 A 52-acre grove dedicated to all Congressional Medal of Honor recipients of our armed forces for heroism. The grove honors every Medal of Honor recipient since the Civil War.
David was employed by the Coatesville Veterans Affair Medical Center; David was heartbroken when he learned that some of the Veterans he served were fighting homelessness and didn’t have things that he felt were essential, like underwear, socks and T-shirts. David told his family that if he had the money he would buy every Veteran at the medical center a pair of underwear. On May 22, 2010 when we should have been celebrating David’s 21st birthday we, instead, celebrated his short life by having a cook out at our home. We invited all of David's family and friends to the house and asked them to bring a pair of underwear to donate to the Coatesville VA in honor of David's wish. 150 people showed up at our home, we ran out of hamburgers but we collected over 4,000 items to donate. The memorial celebration was so successful that we felt we needed to do something more; this was the conception of the Annual David's Drive 831 Underwear Drive. Each year in the month of May, around the date of David's birthday, we hold at cook out at our home and collect new underwear, socks and T-shirts.
With peace and love,
Lindsay & Scott
Below is a really cool time lapse video of our 2012 wrapping event, Thanks Dan
On Memorial Day the items collected are delivered to the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center to honor David's wish. As of May 2017, David's Drive has donated $350,000.00 worth of items collected during this event.
You may have seen us in a parade or two
David truly embraced the Christmas spirit; each year in honor of David's love for the season DD831 wraps holiday gifts for distribution to Veterans in need. To date over 9000 gifts have been wrapped.
David’s Drive 831 proudly sponsors the Scratch Team by providing funding and hosting their annual picnic. The Scratch Team is a group of formerly homeless Veterans who help Veterans currently recovering from homelessness through the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s various residential programs.
After winning a contest as part of Popchips’ National Game Changers program, David's Drive 831 was able to invite Philadelphia Phillies' player Hunter Pence to a picnic and to play ball with Veterans who were participating in programs at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. Thanks Darcy <3