By Tim Rodgers
At WhiskeyGoldmine we like to debate, review, and joke about the finer things we enjoy in life such as a nice glass of wine, a nice grilled piece of swordfish, or what craft beers they are now serving at PPL Park. Although the Philadelphia Union are looking to warm up as they make their playoff run, there are a lot of needy people in the City of Chester looking just to stay warm. If you are in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area, a fan of soccer, the Philadelphia Union, or WhiskeyGoldmine, please help us collect coats for the South Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame’s “Coats for Chester” coat drive.
Any spare coats that you may have in the back of your closet or in your attic would go a long way. Last year, every coat we collected went to good use and we are looking to increase our efforts here in 2011. You can drop them up at the upcoming games at PPL Park listed below or take them to designated drop-off sites throughout the region.
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FALL COAT DRIVE TO HELP NEEDY IN CHESTER, PA
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame, as part of its mission to “build the future,” is continuing its successful “Coats for Chester Program.” The city of Chester, PA is the site of a lot of excitement in the Philadelphia area by playing host to our new Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union. At the same time however, Chester holds the distinction of being the poorest city in Pennsylvania. The SEPA Hall of Fame is committed to do its part to mobilize the soccer community in helping the needy people of Chester.
The Philadelphia Union is partnering in our Coats for Chester Program as one of their many ongoing efforts and commitments to the city of Chester and the surrounding community. Other partners include the Sons of Ben (official fan club for the Philadelphia Union), the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and Caldwell Bankers. Coats will be distributed in Chester to: The Bernarndine Center Food Bank, St. Katharine Drexel Food Cupboard and City Team Ministries Homeless Shelter.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
For two months this fall, from October 1, 2011 to November 31, 2011 we will be collecting donated winter coats from throughout the Philadelphia region, and distributing them to needy families in Chester. Members of the SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame, along with volunteers from various soccer organizations, will be handling the collecting and distributing of the coats.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
Just gather any winter coats (infant, child or adult) that you will no longer be using. Then take those coats to the drop-off site listed below that is closest to you and we will do the rest. You may also drop of coats at a Philadelphia Union game or at the Phila. Department of Recreation All Star games (dates listed below).
COATS FOR CHESTER DROP-OFF SITES
Soccer Post/N.E. Philadelphia
3354 Grant Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19114
Father Judge High School, Student Services Office
3301 Solly Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19136
4015 Main St., Philadelphia, PA 19127
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association
4070 Butler Pike, Suite 100, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Parkwood Youth Organization
Dunksferry & Mechanicsville Rds., Philadelphia, PA 19154
Erzgebirge Soccer Club
130 Davisville Rd., Warminster, PA 18974
DROP-OFF DAYS AT THE FOLLOWING PHILADELPHIA UNION GAMES
Thursday, September 29th, 8:00 Kickoff
Saturday, October 15, 4:00 Kickoff
DROP-OFF DAYS AT THE PHILA. DEPT. OF RECREATION ALL-STAR GAMES
At Jacobs Playground, Linden & Jackson, Philadelphia, Pa 19114
Tuesday, October 12th & Wednesday, October 13th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Lastly, please help spread the word to family and friends, so that our coat drive will be a success and make life a little bit better for some families in Chester.