Get David Scott Anderson Back on His Feet
Organized by: Michael Benstock
If you’ve ever crossed paths with David Scott Anderson, there’s no doubt you’ve been inspired by him! Whether it is his intellect, sense of humor, strength or big heart, David always leaves a lasting impression. Being a good friend of David’s, I’ve personally watched him go through the most challenging times of his adult life in recent years, but even so, he has maintained an incredibly positive outlook on life.
While you would never know it, the past few years have been emotionally and financially difficult for David. Over a year ago, David, who has fought Diabetes for many years, succumbed to a bad infection in his leg and was required to have his leg amputated just below the knee. This was very hard for a big, strong man who is very proud of his ability to carry himself with so much swagger. In addition to raising his two daughters, Elsie and Appolonia, single-handedly with very little help, he has managed to just barely keep up with their basic needs. As many of you know, David is an extremely motivational person with great leadership skills. In spite of the hardships he has experienced over the past 18 months, he has managed to continue to inspire us with his incredibly positive attitude.
David is never going to walk again without our support, which is a hard pill to swallow. There have been no extra funds to take care of previous medical bills, keep his medical insurance current, purchase the insulin he needs for diabetes or to start physical therapy. Through crowdfunding, we would be able to assist David with getting him back on his feet. But we all know David is a proud man, he would never ask anybody for help even in his worst of times.
I am reaching out to all of you! Those of you he has inspired over the years: his Sigma frat brothers, his Mason friends, his University of Southern California (USC) Alumni friends, all of the women who he has charmed, those of you he has mentored and those who have used him as an example to their sons of what a good man should be. You have the opportunity to help someone who is near and dear to many of us. David is a diamond in the rough, who would give you the shirt off his back and ask for nothing in return. I’ve estimated to get David back on his feet it would cost around $52,000.
This is what your donations will go towards (these are estimates based on contacts I have reached out to in Costa Rica):
Rent for 1 year, as well as past due rent $7,500
Condo Maintenance for 1 year $1,200
Medication -1 year $3,000
Food – 1 year $6,000
Physical Therapy and Rehab -1 year $6,000
Insurance – 1 year $7,000
Elsie and Appolonia’s School $6,000
I feel his pain as if it were my own. I think about him and his situation every single day. How does a man wake up one day without a leg, without a wife, be the sole supporter of his two children, and yet have the strength and courage to inspire others every single day while his own situation is so desperate?
David is a hero, plain and simple, who deserves to be admired and in his time of need, supported by all of us.
In the meantime, I am helping him find work, and as dire as his situation is, he keeps forging ahead with some small wins which are taking care of a few of his past due bills. His mind is strong and he is still able to consult if anyone will give him a chance to do so. He can sit and consult as well as he could stand and consult. This is another way you can help David, if you’re not able to give financially.
Michael Benstock for the benefit of David Scott Anderson
Who is David Scott Anderson?
David grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. Growing up in Watts in the 1960’s and the early 1970’s was no picnic. He was bullied by the gangs because he was a big kid, who followed the beat of his own drum. He rose from that experience and played high school football, and as most of you know, he had a knee injury that prevented him from being recruited to a college team, though he did get an academic scholarship to USC.
While at USC he excelled as a writer, student and leader. The story goes that after college, David went to work for Acer Computers and eventually was sent to Costa Rica to run a call center, the first call center in Costa Rica as a matter of fact. Fast forward to today, David has worked in the call center industry in Central America for over 25 years and is one of the founding fathers of the industry. Lots of call centers have opened and many jobs were given because David was able to give direction as a consultant to so many U.S. companies who were exploring the possibilities of nearshoring their back office support. In fact, that is how I met David. David worked for my company for several years as a consultant and was the best thing that ever happened to our call center business. We have opened call centers in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Belize with great success due to David’s early leadership and advice.