Faizal Westcott, a teenager from West Roxbury, Mass., has collected hundreds of DVDs and electronic devices to be donated to three Coast Guard Cutters based in Boston as part of a community service project to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. On Monday, Faizal was recognized for his generosity by the Coast Guard leadership in Boston at a small ceremony.
"I first heard from a family friend that Coast Guard cutters had little to no entertainment and that the only movies and games they had were what the crew brought themselves. I researched deeper into the subject finding out that the United States Coast Guard is actually the smallest branch of the military, and I personally felt that they were not recognized enough for the hard and dedicated work they do for our country," Faizal said, of how he decided on his project.
In addition to the three cutters stationed in Boston, the SENECA, SPENCER and ESCANABA, Faizal also collected videos and video equipment for the local VA hospital and the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans.
"We are very thankful for Faizal's generosity to the men and women of the Coast Guard stationed in Boston," said Foundation President Anne Brengle. "Providing these individuals with these creature comforts can make a deployment less arduous and more enjoyable."
Using collection drives through his Boy Scout Troop, his local church, and his school, Faizal garnered scores of DVDs, CDs, VHS and music cassette tapes and video games, as well as electronic hardware to play them, to be donated to the Coast Guard and the VA Hospital.