David's Drive 831 Holds Gift Wrapping Extravaganza - Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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David's Drive 831 Holds Gift Wrapping Extravaganza

Nearly 200 David's Drive volunteers pause for a photo with their 1,000 boxes stacked in the shape of a Christmas tree.

On Friday, December 13, 2019, nearly 200 David's Drive volunteers filled, wrapped and decorated 1,000 boxes for Veterans filled with 18 gifts each and then stacked in the shape of a Christmas tree in the Great Hall at Coatesville VA Medical Center. The effort is an annual drive to provide gifts for Veterans at Coatesville.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Coatesville VA Medical Center hosted David's Drive 831 "10th Annual Gift Wrapping Extravaganza" December 13, 2019.

Nearly 200 volunteers filled the Great Hall to help packaged wrapped and decorated more than 1,000 shoeboxes for Veterans receiving care at Coatesville.

Volunteers broke out into assembly lines and were able to finish everything in just over two hours. A tradition has emerged where they stack the boxes into a design. This year's design was a Christmas Tree.

"To witness the local community come together to support David's Drive and their mission is truly in the spirit of the season," said Jennifer Lilly, Chief of Voluntary Services at CVAMC.

David's Drive 831 is a non-profit charity organization devoted to improving the lives of homeless and hospitalized Veterans.

"This is still about David," said Dave Turner Sr., founder and president of DD831. "We do this because David wanted more for the men and women who suffer for our freedom. We do this to honor his wish and to offer comfort and joy to our heroes."

Turner has collected 18 gifts each for the boxes, which are valued at $28 each, and include, among other items, a music CD, travel mug, socks, calendar, games, toiletries and snacks.

"When our Veterans receive this gift, they are ever grateful that someone thought of them and we see it in their faces," said Lilly.

The Voluntary Services team and volunteers from David's Drive began delivering packages Monday to the different medical units across the Coatesville campus.

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