Herald News Report
FAIRBORN – Drive to Victory is a friendly competition each week between two local high schools that battle off the field in a donation drive benefiting Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, and this week it is beginning its ninth season. Opening the 2014 campaign, Aug. 24 through 28, is Tecumseh High School against Fairborn High School.
Donations will be accepted at the Goodwill trailers parked at each high school on Monday, Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Since 2007, the Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory campaign has generated more than 970,000 pounds of clothing and household items, along with more than 66 vehicles from around the Miami Valley. These items are sold in stores and at the auto auction, with proceeds supporting the mission of helping people with disabilities and other needs in the community.
Through this program, nearly $20,000 of scholarship funds have been provided to local schools. Each week, a Goodwill Store donation trailer will be placed at each of the selected schools beginning Monday prior to that week’s game on Friday. During the week, Goodwill attendants will accept donations of clothing, household items and computers. Receipts for the tax deductible donation will be available from the attendant. Cars, trucks, boats and RVs can also be donated and counted toward the school’s weekly total. Call 228-AUTO to donate or find out more details on how a vehicle donation can be made.
On Friday, the trailers will be picked up and weighed. The school that has collected the most weight will be announced on Friday night during Touchdown 7 and will receive a $300 scholarship from Universal 1Credit Union. At the conclusion of the season. the school that has collected the most weight during their Drive to Victory week will receive an additional $700 scholarship. For more information about Drive to Victory, visit the website at gesmv.org.
Herald News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers.