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Posted by Kevin on Nov 29, 2007 @ 08:33
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Dylan DeSilva, the young man who founded Cape Cod Cares for the Troops, continues to impress with his tireless dedication to the men and women in uniform. I’ve said it many times in the past, on the blog and on the radio, this is the most impressive young man I’ve ever met.

Dylan recently made another trip to Washington DC to visit with wounded troops. He went to Bethesda Naval Hospital and also attended a Wounded Warrior Reception. Dylan is planning yet another support the troops rally on Cape Cod, this time in Provincetown. Having attended one of Dylan’s events in the past, it is really a sight to see.

Hunter Scott Youth Award

- From -
The American Veteran's Center
Washington D.C.
November 10, 2007

 

On Saturday Sept. 8th, the Sandwich Car Wash held a fundraiser for Cape Cod Cares for the Troops. The total raised was over $3200.00!!! Pictured above are manager of the Sandwich Car Wash Darold Evans, Dylan DeSilva, Tom Lynch and Army Sgt. Joshua Ledger.

Teen's care package cause reaches milestone
CAPE COD TIMES STAFF WRITER: Robin Lord - August 16, 2007


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Dylan DeSilva, left, mails his 2,000th care package at the East Harwich
post office yesterday, with Tom and Kathy Lynch, parents of the recipient
Daniel Lynch, stationed in Afghanistan.

HARWICH — When 14-year-old Dylan DeSilva mailed his first care package to a soldier in Iraq in 2004, he vowed he would continue the project until the troops came home. And he hasn't stopped yet.

Yesterday, Dylan mailed his 2,000th bundle filled with food, toiletries, clothing, magazines and other supplies at the Harwich Post Office. Waiting at the other end, in a remote valley frequented by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, will be Army PFC Daniel Lynch of Sandwich.

"I wonder if Dylan grasps what an unbelievable thing he's doing," said Lynch's mother, Kathy.

Little Debbie's Snack Cakes are a favorite of the troops, Dylan said yesterday. Soldiers who rarely get mail are sent a package a month, he said. His Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops also sends school supplies and toys to four schools and five orphanages in the two countries.

DeSilva's cause has become the family's, said his mother, Michelle. Along with his mother, Dylan's father, Paul; sister, Torri, 16; brother, JD, 20; and uncle, John Lambrou, all of Brewster, pitch in. Together they spend about 20 hours a week buying, sorting, packing and mailing about 20 to 25 packages a week to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as collecting donations. Each carries about $50 worth of supplies and costs about $15 to mail.

Weekly trips to BJ's in Hyannis, where Dylan stocks up on the items to ease a soldier's life overseas, are the norm.

"When Dylan told us the idea, we saw this was a way to make a difference," she said. Others have jumped into the cause since Dylan started. He now gets most of the money he needs to keep Cape Cod Cares going through donations. A softball team sent $1,200 last week, weekly lobster raffles at Mashnee Island Grill in Buzzards Bay and the Trowbridge Tavern in Bourne, have brought in about $12,000 each year.

Dylan himself has held three annual Troops in the Spotlight fundraisers in Hyannis, which have raised about $10,000 each year. Lynch's father, Thomas, will hold a car wash on Sept. 8 at the Sandwich Car Wash on Route 130.

Kathy Lynch said the value of care packages hit home with them recently when an Army sergeant stationed in Afghanistan wrote her husband to thank him for sending a care package of his own, filled with high-calorie drinks. A group of soldiers sent on what they believed would be a 48-hour patrol recently were pinned down during a skirmish that lasted for five days. Their supplies provided by the Army ran out in two days, and the drinks Lynch had sent kept them going, the sergeant wrote in an e-mail afterward, she said.

Dylan has no plans to stop the project until the end of the wars — or when he, himself, joins the Marine Corps in four years. Robin Lord can be reached at rlord@capecodonline.com.


Quarter Deck Softball Team
Cape Cod Care for The Troops received a $1400.00 check from the team.
Thank you to Quarterdeck Nation and all their sponsors.


Mitchell Elementary School Bridgewater, MA.
They have collected supplies and donated them to Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops.
(Pictured with their teacher Mrs. Melissa Lafebvre)

 

 


US Troops In Need of Support More Than Ever
Article & Cartoon by Chris Coleman
STUDENT LIFE Editor
received: June 8, 2007

Ever since 2002, the United States has had a military presence in the Middle Eastern Country of Qatar. In 2002 I had not idea what Qatar was; I really didn’t care. Supporting the troops didn’t mean anything to me until I was affected by the war on terror. For 13-year-old Boy Scout Dylan DeSilva, supporting the troops has turned him into a national celebrity.

Dylan, who is from a small town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has been helping the deployed military for several years now. He has appeared on several news programs such as MSNBC, Fox News, and more recently CBS. Through his increasing popularity he has raised thousands of dollars to buy the troops everything from toilet paper to candy bars. One of his packages reached my mother.

My mom, who is a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, was given the assignment to serve four months in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Not many people know of Qatar because we never hear about it when Channel One comes on every morning to report the news about the war on terror. Qatar is a peninsula that sticks out into the Persian Gulf fro Saudi Arabia. It is frighteningly close to a country that’s gotten a little more attention on the news lately – Iran.

At around midnight on May 10, 2006, my grandparents, sister, brother and I drove my mom out to Shaw Air Force Base and said our goodbyes to her. She was dresses exactly how you see the soldiers dressed on the news – in her tan camouflage uniform and hat. I helped her load her bags onto the bus. I stood there and waited for her to board.

I never imagined that saying goodbye to her would be so difficult. I thought it would be something as simple as smiling, giving her a hug, and saying, “I’ll see you in four months.”

What actually took place that night didn’t go quite the way I imagined. I was holding back tears, squeezing her for dear life and saying, “Please don’t go”. It’s not until you’re waving at the bus as it’s fading into the dark night when you finally realize that your loved one is gone. It was a very silent drive home for me.

My siblings and I would spend the majority of our four months with our grandparents, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My mom is a single parent; therefore, we didn’t have anyone else to take care of us while she was gone, so we went to live with our grandparents. Having a single parent (or daughter in my grandparents’ case) in the military could be one of the most difficult things to cope with.

My mom missed a lot of events that I know she would’ve cherished if she was home. She wasn’t home for Mother’s Day or the first day of my senior year. We tried our hardest to keep in contact with my mom. She was only permitted one 15 minute phone call per week. I got my hopes up every time I had the chance to talk to her, even if it was only for three and half minutes.

She usually would tell us the same thing every time she called. “It’s really hot over here. Work is going well. Can’t wait to get home. I miss you all.” But one day we received a phone call from her and she seemed livelier that usual. Her base received a box for all of the deployed troops in the area. What shocked me the most was that the box was from 13-year-old Dylan DeSilva.

This made me think, “Chris, why aren’t more people supporting our troops? If a young Boy Scout cares enough about the troops to send gifts, why don’t high school students?”

One of the first things my family did after my mom left was to Wal Mart. We bought a bunch of yellow ribbons. We tied the yellow ribbons abound the trees in our yard to show our appreciation for the deployed military. I also carried around an American flag key chain. It isn’t much, but a least you’re showing that you care even by the smallest display of appreciation, which can put a smile on the face of someone who has only seen turmoil for the past four months.

If you have a flag, hung it up. Go buy some yellow ribbon to wrap around your car antenna. That’s the least you can do. You have the right to agree or disagree with American’s conflicts in the Middle East, but even if you’re against the ideals of the war, please continue to support the military. They’re only doing their jobs and they need all the support they can get. It makes living in a 120-degree war zone thousands of miles away from your loved ones a little bit brighter.

My mother returned home safely on September 16th, 2006. She was warmly welcomed by the entire family.

My family is constantly contributing to Dylan DeSilva and his cause. If you would like to make a difference for the soldiers Overseas you can go to Dylan’s web site www.capecod4thetroops.com or you can just email him and tell him how much you Appreciate his efforts at dylan@capecod4thetroops.com




Troops in the Spotlight 2007
MAY 28, 2007

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U.S. Troops Roll into Kmart Plaza
By Web Master on 28 May, 2007 01:35:00
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HYANNIS – Early Sunday morning, military personnel from several branches of U.S. Armed Forces descended on Kmart Plaza on Route 132. They came in military vehicles, motorcycles, on foot, by truck, and in private cars, many of which were Corvettes.

They were supported by Boy Scout Troop 77 from Brewster, and the Old Colony Unit of Young Marines based in Plymouth and even Air support was provided by the Massachusetts Air National Guard from Otis ANGB with a low level flyover.

Quantum Communications was there to provide “air support” with several of their key personalities such as Cat and Kevin Matthews from WCOD, Jen Arra from Cool 102, and Steph Viva and Dan Duran from 96.3 the Rose. It isn’t every day that military units invade a Cape Cod Sopping Plaza, but it is even more unusual that they all are under the command of a 14 year old named Dylan DeSilva; a Boy Scout, Young Marine and Philanthropist.

Three years ago Dylan founded Cape Cod 4 Troops that has to date sent 1800 care packages to our fighting men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also organized Troops in the Spotlight, an annual event held each year at – You guessed it –Kmart Plaza. Today’s invasion was not an attack, but a tribute to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan the target of Dylan’s laudable efforts. HyannisNews urges everyone to come down and meet the troops on hand and lend a hand or make a contribution to help make the lives of our dedicated troops defending us overseas a little more comfortable – a little more like home.


Dylan DeSilva Honored By Boston Celtics
"Heros Among Us"

March 14, 2007


Posted by Kevin on 03.14.07 @ 23:03

Dylan DeSilva is the 14-year old founder of Cape Cod Cares 4 The Troops, and he was honored tonight by the Boston Celtics as a Hero Among Us. What a deserving honor for a young man who has shown such incredible dedication to the men and women in the armed forces. Dylan’s organization has sent thousands of care packages to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gregg and I got to know Dylan through the radio show and tonight we met this impressive young man for the first time. We were lucky enough to be there along with Dylan’s parents, Paul and Michelle, his sister, brother, aunt and uncle. Dylan also brought with him some of the soldiers and Marines who received care packages from Cape Cod Cares 4 The Troops who are now back home and helping his group.

Kevin, Dylan and Gregg
Dylan chats with an Atlanta Hawks assistant
Dylan on the Jumbotron
Alone at center court
Dylan DeSilva surrounded by some heroes he brought with him, and Kevin and Gregg.
Walking off center court after receiving a spontaneous standing ovation.

 
Members of V.F.W. Post 2578 Hyannis, MA.
present Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops a check for $1100.00


2007 Heroes of Cape Cod and Islands

Youth Good Samaritan Award
DYLAN DESILVA

Red Cross Breakfast
March 8, 2007

Dylan DeSilva, a 14 year-old Boy Scout from Brewster, is not only an entrepreneur, but an extremely caring young man. He founded “Cape Cod Cares for our Troops”, an organization dedicated to supporting members of the Armed Forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dylan, with the help of family and friends, collects toiletries, snacks, Clothing, and cards, which he then packages and mails to our Overseas troops. He has held a variety of fundraisers to support this Project. In the past two years over 1,200 packages have been mailed. The many notes of thanks that he has received are proof of the Value of his organization.

Dylan also organized “Troops in the Spotlight”, which has been held At the K-Mart Plaza on Route 132 in Hyannis over the last two Memorial Day weekends. At this event, members from different branches of the military stand in shifts for 24 hours on a flatbed truck as a tribute to those serving overseas.

Dylan is a hero, because he not only had a wonderful idea, but he carried it through with a lot of hard work and many hours of his time.

“Cape Cod Cares for our Troops” is led by Dylan DeSilva, a very patriotic young man who is being awarded the Cape Cod and Islands Red Cross 2007 Youth Good Samaritan Heroes Award.

 


Cape Cod Young Marine delivers hope
to wounded warriors in Bethesda


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Class Project Helps Deliver Goods to Iraq
CAPE COD TIMES - By Stephanie Vosk
January 11, 2007

 
Dylan DeSilva 14, of Brewster, founder of the Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops, and Alexis Strawn, 12, of Mashpee load supplies for the troops.

Photo - Kevin Mingora

 

 

 

 


MASHPEE - The ''goods'' were packed and ready to go - everything from sports magazines to toothpaste to chewing gum.Four hundred pounds worth of items packed inside cardboard boxes, to be exact, although they would be repacked later for security reasons. And 12-year-old Alexa Strawn could finally take a deep breath.

The Mashpee High School seventh-grader, along with her social studies teacher, organized a drive during the holiday season to collect goods for a unit in Iraq.The Hawaii-based troops are special to Strawn because her father is a first sergeant in the Army unit. ''It's a good case of a teacher learning from a student,'' said her teacher, Sean Corey. ''It goes both ways.'' Her father, Jason Strawn, was deployed in July and has been keeping his daughter informed of his experiences through e-mail.

When he mentioned a 100-pound shipment the unit received, and how quickly it was distributed, the younger Strawn decided to do something on her own. She told Corey about her father during a Veterans Day lesson in social studies class and the project took off from there. Corey and Strawn ran into trouble finding a way to ship the boxes to Iraq, but then Corey came across the Web site for Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops, an organization that sends packages regularly to troops overseas. He contacted the group's founder, 14-year-old Dylan DeSilva of Brewster.

DeSilva got involved in the package-sending service in 2004 when his Boy Scout troop sent over a load of supplies. He has since sent more than 1,400 packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including monthly care packages for a growing list of Massachusetts soldiers and still more for soldiers who don't receive mail. He collects donations to take care of the shipping costs, so there will be no charge for Corey and Strawn's shipment. 

While Strawn will enter the eighth grade next year, Corey said he may use her idea for the upcoming seventh-grade class. "Unfortunately, I think there will always be a need for the service over there, as much as we'd like to think not,'' Corey said. ''I think it's important the kids know what service people are doing for them in other parts of the world.''






Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops
P.O. Box # 1444 Harwich, MA. 02645
capecod4thetroops@comcast.net
(774) 216-9052