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Drum Instructor Gives Back to the Coatesville VA with Student

Jan 4, 2024 | Coatesville

Coatesville VA

A caring music teacher and one of his students are giving back to veterans during the holidays. Drum instructor Anthony Cracchiolo and Jake Herring, a special needs student and Santa’s helper,  teamed for the 4th Annual Holiday Donation Drive to gift much-needed goods to the Coatesville VA. Cracchiolo organized the event that raised more than $2,000 this year and privately teaches Herring percussion instruments through Anthony C Drums.

Herring said that he is proud to help the veterans and contribute to society.  His mother, Nancy Herring, said that while considering her son’s special needs, he has been taught lots of life lessons. “Jake is working hard to give back to the community,” she said. Herring enjoys playing live music in a band and has performed twice for the vets. “Without Anthony, Jake wouldn’t be where he’s at,” Jake’s mom said about the student/teacher relationship.

The drive started small but has grown considerably. The partners help three different programs at the VA campus. Lincoln’s Promise Pantry supports food-insecure veterans who can pick up food. Veterans also benefit from donated clothing. Monetary donations will purchase K cup coffee, sweatpants, toothpaste, laundry detergent, dish soap, sponges, hand warmers and canned items.

Jennifer Lilly is chief of volunteer services at the Coatesville VA. “The community that supports the Coatesville VA is absolutely amazing,” Lilly said. “Without folks like Anthony and Jake, we would not be able to reach out as far as we can.

“This is a wonderful reminder to our veterans that the community cares for and appreciates their service.” Kirk Fernitz is the public affairs administrator at the VA and is thankful for the donations. “To have this kind of community support is essential,” he said. “Volunteers and donors are a good backbone to have.“It’s more than words and just saying ‘thank you.’ There’s something that comes with these words. It’s appreciated.”

Cracchiolo may be contacted at www.anthonycdrums.com Anybody interested in volunteering or donating, call Jennifer Lilly at 610-383-0272.

Full, unedited article written by Bill Rettew at the Daily Local. Like this article? Check out all the ways Coatesville citizens have given back this season here!

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