Thursday morning, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), elected officials, members and various community partners gathered to deliver over 2,500 gifts for the Veterans at the Coatesville VA Medical Center and for those in the Supportive Services for Veterans and Families Program at the Veterans Multi-Service Center.
TMACC began this initiative 4 years ago as a way to give back to the Veterans who ride their public transportation service, ChescoBus. The Coatesville VA is a major stop along the Coatesville Link route. TMACC collects gifts from its members and community residents at Summerfield in Elverson. Since its inception, the local non-profit continues to crush their goals; with 200 gifts over their goal of 500 in 2014, to 500 gifts over their goal of 2,000 this year.
“We appreciate your support and are excited that we have reached another record-breaking year with gifts.” said TMACC Executive Director, Tim Phelps, to the crowd of volunteers unloading the buses at the VA Center this year. “Through your support and generosity, we are able to bring the holiday spirit to the men and women who proudly served our great nation.”
The gifts collected are delivered to the patients at the VA Medical Center as well as to Veterans and their families who receive housing through the Veterans Multi-Service Center’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program. Jesse Thompson, an outreach specialist at the VMC, said the gifts they receive from this single donation help families throughout the entire year.
Among the volunteers were County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell, state Rep. Harry Lewis, Jr, R-74, Rep. Becky Corbin, R-155, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, state Rep. Eric Roe, R-158, state Rep. Warren Kampf R-157, and staff from the offices of state Sen. Andy Dinniman and both U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Robert Casey.
To learn more about the Veterans Gift Drive, please visit www.tmacc.org.