Meal Train for

Daniel Finney

About this Meal Train

Daniel is a 1993 DM East grad. (They Alumni Association put him in the Hall of Fame in 2020!) He was a journalist for 27 years, mostly for the Register. He got laid off last year and is a graduate student at Drake studying to be a teacher. Dan had knee surgery in August and the recovery has been hard. He's using a walker and in physical therapy. He's run out of unemployment and he needs just enough money to October, November, and December. He could use a help from his fellow Scarletts, his Winterset Husky pals, and those readers who liked his writing.

RAISED $16,232

GOAL $16,000

$16,232 raised by 254 people

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Recent Donations:

$10

Rhonda Williams
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
Wish it could be more!

$350

Travis
Monday, Oct 4, 2021
Thanks for everything Dan.

$50

Jessica Lindsey
Monday, Oct 4, 2021
You have been teaching kindness among other gifts for years!

$50

Joe toubes
Monday, Oct 4, 2021
You are going to be one of those teachers that everyone wants to have for a teacher.

$100

Kenneth Quinn
Monday, Oct 4, 2021
You're going to be a great teacher!!!

$20

Matthew McIver
Monday, Oct 4, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Monday, Oct 4, 2021

$25

Paul stigers
Monday, Oct 4, 2021
Hope all goes well for you.

$50

Anonymous
Monday, Oct 4, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Monday, Oct 4, 2021

$10

Anonymous
Monday, Oct 4, 2021

$100

Jan
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021

$30

Anonymous
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021

$50

Pat Rothamel
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021
Wishing you the best. The world needs more real journalists - like the ones you will have in class.

$25

Anonymous
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021

$100

Cole and Natalie Weeks
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021
Cheering for you along your journey.

$100

Anonymous
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021

$20

Hope Johnson
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
Dan Finney needs to finish this degree and get his talent into the classroom. Also: Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy.

$50

Mary Zoeckler
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
You’re almost there and with a great support team!

$50

Artis Reis
Friday, Oct 1, 2021

$50

Mary Challender
Friday, Oct 1, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Friday, Oct 1, 2021

$50

Stones
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
Keep writing, stay true, you’re talent is needed.

$50

Rhonda Martin
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
I love your writing

$100

Julie and Jim Wilson
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
Coupled with prayers for healing.

$25

Anonymous
Friday, Oct 1, 2021

$100

Randy & Debbie Holliday
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
Hang in there. You’re a good writer.

$25

Anonymous
Friday, Oct 1, 2021

$100

Ronda Garnett
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
never give up

$250

Anonymous
Friday, Oct 1, 2021

$25

Ruth McCoy
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
You have been chosen to make a difference, you can do this!

$50

Linda
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
Fellow East High Grad. We are behind you

$50

Marty and Darcy White
Friday, Oct 1, 2021
Keep writing!

$50

Robbie & Marty Cline
Friday, Oct 1, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$40

Matthew Hanson
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
Ehs class of 93

$25

Dawn Bormann Novascone
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$25

Michele
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$35

Anonymous
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

Rick & Jill Dietz
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
Keep writing

$50

Tabitha Blessing
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
Teaching has brought me so much joy, and I wish the same for you. You have so much to offer. Keep pushing through and hang in there!

$50

Rick , Michelle Barker
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

Larry & Mary
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

Kevin Cox
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
Keep writing, keep persevering, keep living. I am in awe of your resilience as well as your honest, funny, heartfelt, razor-sharp writing. My God, man, you are SO damn talented. Never stop.

$20

Anonymous
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

Sally Towne
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$200

Amalie Nash
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

Christy Roberts
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
EHS Class of 1994

$50

Jennifer Konfrst
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
Yours in Gen-X snark which hides true admiration

$100

Andrea T
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
Happy to assist, Dan. Your future students don't know how lucky they are!

$10

Anonymous
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

Carolyn
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
I loved your columns in the DMR and I hope for the very best for you as you pursue a new goal. You'll be a great teacher!

$25

Vicky Brenner
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
As a retired teacher, I am grateful the next generation of students will be inspired by your talents & wisdom.

$25

Jane Rider
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

William and Ruth Staplin
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021
Dear Daniel, we always enjoy reading your writings in the Register. May the students who are taught by you become unlocked in their struggles and you can be their mentor, their guide. I’m sending a little help to get through to that point. Your wisdom is priceless and if those students of the future listen, they will find a brightly lit path for them to follow, forged by you! Take care, friend! You have walk a hard but admirable journey!

$100

Anonymous
Thursday, Sep 30, 2021

$50

Patti Brown
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
Keep on truckin’ (and I totally want a signed copy of your first book/collection of reflections.

$20

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$50

Kent Peterson
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
Daniel, you are a vessel being used by an Almighty God for those of us Who know you currently but also for thousands of students in the future!

$25

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$50

Patricia Corrigan
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
Hang in there!

$75

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$30

Janet Adams
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$100

Sue Terry
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$250

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$100

Nanci Boten
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021

$50

Judy
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
You are a really good writer!-even when you’re begging for a handout!😜 Given gladly-

$100

Sara hopkins
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
don't give up. you got this!!

$100

Linda Appelgate
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Wishing you all the best.

$100

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$25

Ann Fender
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Best to you. Hang in there!

$25

Dan Gearino
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$100

Tracy
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
I’m glad you bravely asked for help!

$100

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$150

Maureen Tobin
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Best of luck with classes this semester

$100

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$50

Mary Hoover
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Keep on keeping on!

$50

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$50

Megan Gogerty
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$50

Angie Plagman
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$100

Melissa Samuels
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Keep fighting the good fight Dan!

$50

Karey Bader
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Hang in there, Daniel. It will all be worth it.

$50

Amanda P./H.
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$33

Catharine Found
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$250

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$10

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

$25

Sue T
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Keep the faith, Daniel!

$100

Marg
Sunday, Aug 29, 2021
I really enjoy your writing. I hope you’re feeling better and that your surgery was successful.

$50

Mary Hoover
Friday, Aug 20, 2021
Wishing you a quick recovery from surgery

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Aug 12, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Monday, Aug 9, 2021

$50

JQ
Monday, Aug 9, 2021

$20

Paul stigers
Sunday, Aug 8, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021

$20

Janet Adams
Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021

$50

Lori
Monday, Aug 2, 2021
The world needs more teachers like you! Hang in there!!

$93

From one Class of '93 Grad to another!
Monday, Aug 2, 2021
From one Class of '93 Grad to another!

$50

Larry and Marilyn
Monday, Aug 2, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Monday, Aug 2, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Monday, Aug 2, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Monday, Aug 2, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Monday, Aug 2, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Monday, Aug 2, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Sunday, Aug 1, 2021

$45

Carolyn Lumbard
Saturday, Jul 31, 2021
Have so enjoyed your writing and appreciated your courage. Cheering you on.

$100

Amalie Nash
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
You got this!

$40

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 30, 2021

$300

Dawn & Dale
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
You are a treasure. You were there for us and I will never forget it.

$50

Chase Davis
Friday, Jul 30, 2021

$20

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 30, 2021

$100

Mike M
Friday, Jul 30, 2021

$100

Nanci Boten
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
Love your writing. You will make a fantastic teacher.

$100

Tamara Rood
Friday, Jul 30, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 30, 2021

$100

Kevin Hedman
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
Hi, Daniel! We didn't know each other well at Drake, but I love your writing and know you've made a difference in people's lives!

$25

MK
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
You can do it!!

$25

Linda
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
Daniel, we share depression and anxiety. Get that surgery and teaching degree and show the world what you can do.

$150

David & Maddy Maxwell
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
We're rooting for you, Daniel. Your friendship over the years has meant a great deal to both of us!

$25

Janelle Bartlett Mummey
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
I wish it could be more! I was a few years behind you at Drake, but have always followed your work. I have mental health struggles too and you are so brave sharing yours with the world.

$25

Renee Gillette
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
❤️

$25

Donna
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
Fight the good fight!

$200

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 30, 2021

$50

Melissa Samuels
Friday, Jul 30, 2021
Heal well!

$50

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Emily Shields
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$100

Betsy and Dirck
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Hope for th best for you Dan!

$50

Patricia Corrigan
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Hang in there — you're tougher than you know!

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$20

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Renee Highfill
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Keep moving forward

$25

Hope Johnson
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$100

Jane and Mike Turpin
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Dan Gearino
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Hoping the best for you Dan!

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$250

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Norine Kennedy
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Good luck with your future.

$100

Andrea Tortora
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
I'm rooting for you, Dan! ❤️❤️

$100

Matt
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Loved and miss your columns for DMR. Good luck on a speedy recovery!

$100

jenni fitzgerald
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$20

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Gretchen Price
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
take care of yourself Daniel. I always enjoyed your writing and admired your courage for sharing your personal story. This is in honor of my late daughter who fought depression from an early age.

$40

Billy Reed
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Good Luck Daniel!

$50

Matthew McIver
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Dick Brown
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Good luck, Daniel.

$50

Jan Kaiser
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Memories of your columns helped me as I battled depression and anxiety. Des Moines needs you to keep writing and teaching others.

$100

Kent Farver
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$100

Mary Challender
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Good luck with the knee!

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$100

June Johnson
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Thinking of you & hoping for a relief from your knee pain, you are strong!

$100

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$250

K Cooney
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Keep fighting the good fight, Daniel!

$25

Vicky B
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
You’ll be an amazing teacher & I hope to see you publish your pieces in a book soon!

$200

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

SR
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
The world needs your voice more than you know. I'm pulling for you.

$20

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Megan Gogerty
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Keep the faith, friend.

$50

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

LeAnn Delin
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Good luck!

$200

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$10

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Ann Fender
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Prayers for you now and in the future.

$20

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
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Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Lisa Earles
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
I came across your Facebook page several months ago and have enjoyed following it. Best wishes to you.

$10

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

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Margaret Johnson
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021
Keep going strong. I know you have a book of essays just waiting for you to write.

$50

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 29, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021

$46

Anonymous
Monday, Jul 26, 2021

$50

Larry & Mary
Monday, Jul 26, 2021
Stay strong Dan!

$30

Catharine Found
Monday, Jul 26, 2021
I love hearing your writings about foster care!

$25

Sue Hackley
Monday, Jul 26, 2021
You are special and loved!

$100

Anonymous
Monday, Jul 26, 2021

$20

Anonymous
Monday, Jul 26, 2021

$50

Peter Spaulding
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021

$50

The Parizek Family
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021

$700

Anonymous
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Sunday, Jul 25, 2021

$20

Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 24, 2021

$20

Torry Simmons
Saturday, Jul 24, 2021
Could I also make a pan of lasagna for you?

$75

Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 24, 2021

$20

Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 24, 2021

$100

Patti
Friday, Jul 23, 2021
Get well, get healthy, write a book.

$25

Karen Peters
Friday, Jul 23, 2021
You have such talent with words. I hope you put your blogs into a book someday.

$40

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 23, 2021

$50

Jane
Friday, Jul 23, 2021

$200

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 23, 2021

$100

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 23, 2021

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Anonymous
Friday, Jul 23, 2021

$10

Brenda R.
Friday, Jul 23, 2021
Former Iowan following your journey since you were with the Register and sharing your weight loss and gym experiences. I’m now a Misery-an (not the place to be right now). I wish I could give more, but I’m a teacher and my husband’s been unemployed for more than a year now. You will be an amazing teacher.

$100

Anonymous
Friday, Jul 23, 2021

$20

Missy Keenan
Thursday, Jul 22, 2021
Nobody stacks paragraphs like you. I consider myself both a fan and a student of your writing.

$20

Anonymous
Thursday, Jul 22, 2021

$100

Cheryl Tripp
Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021
Know we are all cheering you on Daniel!

$100

Carol H and Jon D
Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021
Just a couple of Beaverdale neighbors who are rooting for ya!

$25

Anonymous
Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Monday, Jul 19, 2021

$25

Angie Plagman
Monday, Jul 19, 2021
Wishing you the best

$50

Anonymous
Monday, Jul 19, 2021

$25

Dan Anderson
Monday, Jul 19, 2021

$25

Anonymous
Sunday, Jul 18, 2021

$50

Anonymous
Sunday, Jul 18, 2021

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Anonymous
Sunday, Jul 18, 2021

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Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

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Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

$25

Claire Celsi
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021
I hope your surgery goes well and you get to feeling better soon.

$20

Class of 1979
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

$25

Sheryljan Hedlund
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021
Please get well soon!!!! 1965 Graduate of EHS

$25

Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

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Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

$100

Linda Appelgate
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021
Hi! Love your grit, ethics, determination, and talent!

$25

Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

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Cindy
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

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Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021

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Anonymous
Saturday, Jul 17, 2021