National DAR Day of Service a Huge Success

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
October 13, 2015

This past Sunday, DAR members from coast to coast celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding of DAR by participating in the National DAR Day of Service. I am simply overwhelmed by your efforts participating in this special event. What a wonderful way to reflect on our 125 year history and to give back to our communities.

Here are just a few of the many DAR Day of Service projects that we heard about:

  • Rhea-Craig Chapter in Tennessee supplied food for the local food pantry
  • Black Eagle-Assinniboine Chapter in Great Falls, Montana, assembled items for military care packages
  • The Piankeshaw Chapter of New Albany, Indiana, hosted an “Undie Sunday” where they collected underwear, socks, and pajamas for underprivileged youth of S. Ellen Jones Elementary School's Family Resource Center.  Underwear and socks are rarely donated, and many children never own a pair of pajamas.  
  • The Hudson River Patriots Chapter ran a food drive at Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry in New York
  • Southeastern District of the Pennsylvania State Society weeded and tended to the grounds at Valley Forge National Historic Park
  • The Chicago Chapter participated in an archaeological dig at Camp Douglas, the former Civil War POW Camp. The excavation will ultimately result in a museum and bring to light the hardships suffered by Southern prisoners in the North.
  • The Perrin-Wheaton Chapter prepared and served dinner to the men who live at the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, Illinois.
  • Wadsworth DAR Chapter cleaned out Middlefield’s Old North Cemetery
  • The Green Mountain Boys Chapter in San Antonio, TX collected and delivered jackets and sweaters needed by the residents of Seton Home. Seton Home is a residential facility that provides housing and supportive services for homeless teens ages 12 – 17 who are also pregnant and/or parenting.
  • Susannah Smith Elliott Chapter, in Summerville, SC made 125 Mastectomy Pillows and donated them to the Women's Cancer Ward at Trident Hospital. 
  • Washita chapter planted 125 bulbs at the Veterans Center in Clinton, OK
  • Champoeg Chapter helped Meals on Wheels in Shetwood, OR
  • Appalachian Trail Chapter cleaned grave markers Frazier Family Cemetery
  • Valley of the Meramec chapter hosted a free chicken dinner to first responders from Washington, Union, and St Clair, MO
  • The Atlanta Chapter worked with a nonprofit organization called Children Read to clean old books, sort books by age group and bag books to be given to preschool children
  • The Casa Grande Valley Chapter in Arizona co-hosted a bar-b-que to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. ALL veterans were invited to this event at the American Legion in Coolidge, AZ.
     

I so enjoyed following along with the hashtag #DARDayofService on Facebook and Twitter and seeing all the photos of members volunteering in their communities. I was so moved to see so many of our members all over the country performing meaningful service activities in their local communities in honor of our anniversary. We tried to gather as many of the #DARDayofService photos as we could to share with you. I hope you enjoy this National DAR Day of Service slideshow and are inspired, like I am, by your fellow Daughters:

www.dar.org/DARDayofService

It was so wonderful to see you all celebrating 125 years of service to America! Tell us what your chapter did by emailing your stories and photos to publicrelations@dar.org. Thank you for supporting the National DAR Day of Service. Make sure to enter your volunteer hours in the Celebrate America! Online Tally!

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