We have a master wood craftsman and a kind, thoughtful man in our midst: David Bouillez. He is a Key Grip/Gaffer in the film business and enjoys creative woodworking during his downtime. What makes David’s talent even more special is his poignant, tangible way of expressing his appreciation and sympathy to the families of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and fellow citizens — The Memory Box.
The inspiration for the Memory Box Project followed a somber evening TV news report on the casualties in the war in Afghanistan. David wanted to do something for the grieving families. Initially, he was inspired to use his woodworking and design talent to create keepsake boxes for the families of fallen soldiers. The project has since expanded to include firefighters, peace officers and first responders who have given their lives in service to others. A Memory Box is a special gift meant to be passed down through the generations. To date, 275 Memory Boxes have been shipped nationwide.
David’s childhood friend, Natalie Probert Kurtz says, “David is one of the finest. I’m proud of his talent. I’ve sponsored a few Memory Boxes and I hope others can find the means to donate to this fine cause. It brings some closure to families as they go through the healing process.”
“When I get a call or a thank you note from a family, it’s such a great feeling to know I’m doing something for someone and that they
really appreciate it,” says David.
The demand is exceeding the donations, especially as the holiday season approaches. To sponsor a Memory Box, donations in any amount are appreciated to cover the cost of materials, shipping and the growing demand. The cherry wood used is salvaged and reclaimed whenever possible. Every box is handcrafted with tongue and groove solid joinery and machine engraved with the fallen hero’s name and personal information. The brilliant pewter handles are made by Notting Hill Decorative Hardware in Wisconsin; replicating the Iris flower; symbolizing the meeting of heaven and Earth.
Fallen Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation — EIN: 46-2166640, that relies on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. As the holiday season is particularly poignant for families, join David in showing your respect and gratitude by donating or fully sponsoring one or more Memory Boxes. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Fallen Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc., 179 Niblick Rd., #439, Paso Robles, CA 93446 or online at memoryboxproject.org. Click ‘DONATE’.
To host a fundraising event or help in any way, contact David at 805-221-5087 (Shop) or 415-806-9064 (Cell) or Pat at 805-239-1372. Email, contact@memoryboxproject.org.