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DAV Van Drive Meets July Goal

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A group of lovely young ladies, gathering together in the parking lot next to Harold’s Foods in Sandpoint, put on a “Bikini Car Wash” on behalf of the local Disabled American Veteran’s drive to purchase a van, and put the group over the top of its July goal to raise $5,000. Early in the month an anonymous veteran, anxious to help the group in their attempt to provide transportation for disabled veterans to reach their medical appointments at Spokane’s VA hospital, pledged to match any dollars raised during July up to $5,000. That goal was met last week; now the DAV only has $2,985 more to raise to purchase the specialty van. 

Earlier in the day a raffle at the Dover “Founders Day” picnic brought in $120 (thanks to Steve Elgar for donating the solid silver Veterans Medallion, to the Delirious Duck for free excursion tickets, Harvey Pine for the wine gift and Northland Cable for a $45-off coupon). Thanks also to the helpful staff at Harold’s and to the Gardenia Center for their free water hook-ups and space to wash cars. A most special thanks, of course, to our lovely and frighteningly beautiful car washers—Tana and Teeya Smith, Samantha and Kayla Anton, Amy Gannon, Misty Grage and supervisor Tyler Cochran (age 5).

The local DAV Chapter’s fundraising, according to Adjutant Ross Jackman, has benefited from numerous kind-hearted and caring people in the community. A River Journal subscriber, after reading about the van drive, talked with some fellow veterans and sent in a $500 donation to help match the $5,000 needed (thanks Mike Ferrante, George Marshall, Joe Wallace and Rich Yanzo.) So many area residents have pitched in toward the fund that this whole column could (and probably should) be filled with just names to thank.

The DAV would however, like to thank an anonymous WWII nurse who donated $1,000, the Marine Corps League, anonymous gifts to the VFW for the Fund, as well as to the unknown citizens who’ve been donating at Sandpoint’s Wells-Fargo Bank to the “DAV Van Fund.” Thanks too goes out to Lynne Hamblin and Mike Bowman for their generous support.

An account’s been set up at Pacific Recycling (on Triangle Drive behind the Ponderay Yokes) to receive donations of aluminum cans and other recyclables. Just tell the clerk there it’s for the Disabled American Veterans. If you’re not saving them now, then start saving them for a good cause!

In addition, the local DAV Chapter is attempting to “borrow” a van for an evening from the Spokane VAMC to park near the Festival at Sandpoint so residents can see where their money will be going. Keep your eyes open for it and feel free to look around.

Additional thank yous go out to Merwin’s, Dub’s Drive-in, Dairy Depot, the Powerhouse, Sandpoint Super Drug, Samuel’s Shell Station and Fritz’s Fry Pan for their support in placing veterans’ donation jars around the area last month. A final thanks goes out to hospital-bound Chuck Haddad, who managed to raise nearly $800 for the Van Fund last month. Get well soon Chuck!

The impressive generosity for this project is a gift to our disabled veterans that will affect the lives of local veterans for years to come—we thank you all from the bottom of our scurvy hearts!

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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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