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GES coin drive benefits David's House



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Fourth grade student Shannon Gately giving the check from the GES coin drive to Jaye Olmstead, Davidís House Development Director. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
March 28, 2012
Gilford Elementary School students held their annual coin drive recently, and raised about $974 for David's House at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Every year, the GES Steering Committee donates funds raised through the coin drive to a charity or organization. This year, they chose David's House, which is a home where families can stay when they have a child being treated at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (ChaD).

According to Corey Gately, several families in Gilford that have stayed at David's House in the past, including her own. Gately said her daughter, Shannon, was med-flighted to DHMC at birth, and the family stayed there for many weeks.

Gately's son was also med-flighted to DHMC at birth, and again, her family, along with Shannon, stayed at David's House while he got well.

Gately learned that David's House operates solely through donations, and said the GES contribution would go towards their operating budget.

"Needless to say, this was a special donation for her to be able to make on behalf of her school, and on behalf of the many other families in our community that have utilized David's House," said Gatley.

Since 1986, David's House has served more than 11,000 families. David's House has posted a picture of Shannon on their Web site with information about the donation.

For more information on David's House or to make a donation visit their web sit at www.davids-house.org.

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