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Donations for Dave

Community rallies support for ‘the windshield guy’

Posted: May 13, 2012 - 10:32am

More than 100 people have banded together to raise money for a man many have driven past on a popular street corner in Soldotna advertising his windshield repair services.

Dave Waldal recently fell on hard times after his well-known briefcase filled with windshield repair tools was stolen from behind the O’Reilly Auto Parts building on May 4, Soldotna resident David McCamon said.

Passers-by will remember Waldal usually dressed in camouflaged clothing with his black dog “Yankee” near the entrance to Fred Meyer. Waldal usually fixes window chips in the Fred Meyer or O’Reilly parking lot.

McCamon, 45, assistant manager at O’Reilly, is helping to spearhead an effort to raise about $2,000 to buy Waldal a new kit.

“I’m not the type that normally gets involved with this other than I’ll give money, but just the look in his eyes,” McCamon said. “He lost his world.”

As of late Friday evening, a Facebook group called “Donate for Dave” had 176 members. McCamon said a 90-day donation account at Alaska USA bank has been established and since Monday morning about $1,300 has been contributed. The account number is 1680372. The Facebook group is

The group hopes to raise $2,000 or more. That would buy Waldal the “best kit available,” McCamon said.

Waldal was interviewed in an Oct. 6, 2011 Clarion article about how residents used their Permanent Fund Dividend check. He said he used his to purchase a tank of propane, a hose, and a heater to get him through the winter. The former heavy equipment mechanic in his 50s said he chooses to live in a tent in the woods.

“Why pay rent?” he said with a laugh.

Waldal usually lives in either Homer, Soldotna or Valdez depending on the time of the year, McCamon said. He said he sees Waldal most days and has become good friends with the man who he stressed isn’t panhandling and never begs for food or money.

“It gives him purpose,” McCamon said of Waldal’s windshield work. “He is a good guy. He is not out there begging. He is working for his living.”

McCamon recently told Waldal of the Facebook group’s effort to get him a new kit. Even though McCamon isn’t a “touchy-feely” guy, he said the situation has already moved him.

“He found out yesterday that we are doing this and even one of the young kids that works with me, he goes, ‘I can spend my whole life and never see that again — a man in total humility,’” McCamon said. “When he found that out he started to cry that people would care that much to do that for him.”

Brian Smith can be reached at

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LilyAnn 05/13/12 - 11:51 am
Great Article!

Thank you so much to Bryan Smith for writing this article. It's great for people who do not know Dave to see that he is not panhandling or asking for handouts and that he has truly touched the lives of so many in the community.

In just a short time with the help of Dave McCamon and dozens of other people in the community, enough money was raised to help Dave buy a new kit. Great job everyone!!!!

joserb 05/13/12 - 07:30 pm
Dave W.

I remember Dave a couple of summers ago in Homer. He was so gentle and did his thing at the Safeway Market. I have no
idea how his business was. He never was over-powering.
A gentleman doing his thing...

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 05/13/12 - 08:19 pm
I stopped & gave him some

I stopped & gave him some cash this past Feb. and told him it was for any future work i might need done which he was GR8ful for.
It is good for people to care for people like Dave or even Herb Stettler that lost his trailer home due to fire.
As the Obamanation of Desolations Dream Act of destroying America gets nearer we will witness harder times coming on Millions so get ready to help those that refuse to prepare for the coming troubles by putting away an extra bag of rice & beans for someone now while you can get rice & beans.

Revelation 13:16-17

JOAT 05/17/12 - 02:32 am
And that's how it is supposed to work

Good for the community in coming together on this. Gives me a little faith in humanity. But more importantly, it is a shining example of how local people take care of local issues without any government involvement. That's how things should be.

The one lost piece in this story is the POS who stole the kit in the first place. When did we lose the moral teaching of "if it isn't yours, don't touch it"? Theft is a serious issue. In this case, some bafoon took something that didn't belong to him, and something that person probably didn't even need, and this has cost another person their livelyhood. That is a serious offense.

If the donation count comes in higher than the cost of the kit, I'd suggest adding a metal locker, bolted to the wall of the autopart store with a padlock on it!

I hope he gets back in business soon. I have 2 chips to get fixed.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 05/17/12 - 06:05 am
How do ya know it was stolen?

Maybe the kit got tossed in the trash as it is spring & cleanup is well under way. I agree it is a good thing for neighbors to help others and that the way it was ment to be. But with the New Fundamental Change & Hope to Believe in now we have allowed OUR Past Fundamentals of Good to be tossed out like trash for a Sharing Equally plan which needs no Fundamentals of right & wrong. Happy Now ALL that Voted this Chosen One in which promotes this type of attitude at every stroke of his lawgiver pen?

John 3:16 & 36

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