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Experiencing Joy by Providing Comfort to Others
David Turner, Jr. is pictured here with his family at his graduation from Coatesville High School. David died suddenly at the age of 20 on Dec. 16, 2009. His family founded David’s Drive 831 Foundation in his honor to carry on the work he started during his brief time with us.
David’s Drive 831 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity committed to improving the quality of life for hospitalized and homeless veterans. David’s Drive 831 or “DD831” was created in memory of David Turner Jr. who died suddenly at the age of 20 of a suspected heart arrhythmia. David’s family began using the code….831, 8-letters 3-words 1-meaning, “I love you” to prevent embarrassment when David and his sister, Samantha, were young and wanted to say I love you to each other or to their parents in front of their friends. They only used it for fun because they were never ashamed to express their love for anyone or anything.
David worked at the Coatesville VA and had a tremendous respect for the Veterans he served; many were homeless, in early recovery and came to the hospital without essentials. David had a vision to provide these Veterans with the items they needed. DD831 continues David’s Vision in hopes of providing a smile through their love for David.
Thanks to community sponsors and the people who believe in David’s cause, David’s Drive 831 has made quite an impact in our community. Since its inception in 2010, DD831 has donated more than 4,000 pounds of food to families in need in Chester County. They have contributed towards the construction of a new wing at the South Eastern Veterans Center in Spring City. The non-pofit loves to send care packages to military personnel serving around the world. DD831 has donated over $50,000 worth of underwear, socks and t-shirts to hospitalized Veterans. Additionally, they have wrapped and delivered nearly 3,000 Christmas gift boxes filled with special treats to patients receiving treatment in VA Medical Centers.
The Housing and Urban Development- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) recently began implementing a program at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. This program provides housing vouchers to aid homeless Veterans by giving them an opportunity to live independently in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. DD831 is proud to have supplied 53 Veterans with a new bed and a “DD831 starter kit” which contain essentials for the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom in their new residences.
If you would like to get invovled, please contact David Turner, President of DD831, to help continue their work to support “David’s Vision.”