WEST CHESTER (November 20) – State Senator Andy Dinniman reminded residents to remember those in need this holiday season.


“My West Chester District Office continues to collect canned goods and gift cards to local supermarkets for families in need,” Dinniman said. “In addition, this year we have 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.”


Canned goods, nonperishable food items and gift cards to local supermarkets 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.


This year alone Dinniman’s West Chester District Office has collected more than 700 pounds of food for those in need. All donations go to the West Chester Food Cupboard and the Salvation Army of West Chester.


Dinniman also welcomed families to visit his office and drop off donations during the West Chester Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on the evening of Friday, November 30 beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to an ideal location for parade viewing, the Open House will feature light refreshments and a performance by the Chancel Ringers of West Chester First Presbyterian Church.


In addition, Dinniman’s new 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 2 and the greatest need is for coats in larger sizes. Coats can also be dropped off at Applebee’s locations in Exton, Kennett Square, Lionville, Thorndale and West Chester.


“You would be amazed to see how many veterans are walking around the VA campus in t-shirts during the winter,” said David Turner, founder of David’s Drive 831, a local nonprofit organization that supports hospitalized and homeless veterans in need.


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