WEST CHESTER (December 3) – State Senator Andy Dinniman reminded residents to remember those in need this holiday season by donating canned goods or coats at his West Chester District Office.

“We continue to collect canned goods and nonperishable food items for families in need,” Dinniman said. “In addition, we have again partnered with local nonprofit David’s Drive 831 to collect coats for hospitalized and homeless veterans. I encourage all residents to donate just a few canned goods, or a coat to ensure that no one is left hungry or cold this holiday season.”Food_Collection_Box3

Canned goods and nonperishable food items are being collected on a year-round basis at Senator Dinniman’s West Chester District Office, located at historic One North Church Street (the corner of Church and Market Streets) in downtown West Chester. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please be sure to check expiration dates on food items. All donations go to the West Chester Food Cupboard and the Salvation Army of West Chester.

In addition, Dinniman’s partnership with David’s Drive 831 to collect new or gently worn, clean men’s coats for hospitalized and homeless veterans will run until December 30 and the greatest need is for coats in larger sizes. Coats can also be dropped off at Applebee’s locations in Lionville, Thorndale and West Chester.

“Your donation of a coat can go a long way in keeping a veteran in need warm and comfortable this winter,” said David Turner, founder of David’s Drive 831, a local nonprofit organization that supports hospitalized and homeless veterans in need.  “These are the heroes that fought for the freedoms we enjoy every day. The least we can do is to ensure that they have basic necessities like warm clothing.”

For more information on David’s Drive 831, visit www.davidsdrive831.org.

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