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Warrenton Eagle Scout helps family get mini van

The Warrenton scout hands the keys David Meachum on Tuesday.
The Warrenton scout hands the keys David Meachum on Tuesday.

As his Eagle Scout service project, a Warrenton teenager helped a family in need solve its transportation challenges.

David Manzella, 17, “planned, developed and led the project from start to finish, securing a donated vehicle, raising the funds to repair the vehicle, and leading a team of eight Boy Scouts and friends in making the repairs themselves,”Vehicles for Change spokeswoman Josie Hankey said.

David and fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 360 presented mini van keys to the family Tuesday at the Vehicles for Change headquarters in Maryland.

David Manzella worked for months to recondition the 2000 Toyota Sienna.
David Manzella worked for months to recondition the 2000 Toyota Sienna.

“I really wanted to help a family with my project,” David explained. “Two parts of the Scout Law that I live by are to be ‘helpful’ and ‘thrifty.’ I believe that I’ve achieved that in this project. I’ve helped a family in need of transportation and refurbished a vehicle to be thrifty.”

The scout has an affinity for all things mechanical, according to his Eagle Coach Kathy Kulick.

Enrolled in the third and final level of the automotive program at Fauquier High School, David at a young age started learning mechanics from his father at home.

The scout chose to partner with VFC because he connected with the organization’s mission and wanted his project to deeply impact the lives of others. This project allowed him to combine his career aspirations with scout values.

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(By Fauquier Now.  The Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content.)

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