Brown reminds Phila. about the importance of giving during the holidays

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 – The holidays are a time of giving, and state Rep. Vanessa Brown, D-Phila., is reminding the community to remember the less fortunate.

According to Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services, last year, about 15,000 Philadelphians experienced homelessness.

Now, there are ongoing efforts to help those in need, which includes Brown’s annual Thanksgiving Day Meal Delivery.

She teamed with up City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, along with several area organizations, to pack and provide free food to more than a dozen senior apartment complexes and individual homes across the community.

“Times can get tough and money can get tight for families,” Brown explained. “We are just grateful to have another year filled with hard working volunteers to assist in providing our neighbors a complimentary meal.”

This year, the meals were distributed from the Greater Bible Way Temple Church and the Lavish Restaurant.

“We appreciate the opportunity to serve, and we wish everyone the gift of faith, blessings and hope for the upcoming holiday season,” Brown said.

The other organizations that participated included:

  • Peace Islands Institute;

  • Brown’s ShopRite and Fresh Grocer Supermarkets;

  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Nu Sigma Chapter;

  • Taxi Workers Alliance; and

  • Girl U Can Do It, Inc.

There are a number of food pantries across Philadelphia available for those wishing to donate to the less fortunate.