The Philadelphia Phillies continued their Phillies Season of Giving on Monday afternoon. Phanta Claus and the Phillies family kept a 24-year tradition alive when they visited the Bethesda Project’s Our Brothers' Place and served guests currently staying at the shelter a home-cooked holiday meal, according to the pre-event press release on MLB.com.
The event featured some familiar faces, with special guests serving the meals, including Phillies broadcasters Ruben Amaro, Jr., Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke, and Ben Davis.
Also in attendance was 1993 National League champion Mickey Morandini, who spent parts of nine seasons of his 13-year Major League career in Philadelphia. Phillies ambassador Scott Palmer and executive vice president David Buck were also there to welcome attendees on behalf of the Phillies organization.
SEI, the Phillies Season of Giving sponsor, provided bags of personal care items to guests at the event, per the press release.
The holiday meal at Bethesda Project's Our Brothers' Place follows the Holiday Giving Party, which was held at the beginning of December. That event saw Phillies Charities, Inc. provide $2.1 million in grants to deserving community heroes and various community organizations.
About Bethesda Project
Bethesda Project is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, housing and supportive services to adults experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.
Per the Bethesda Project's website: "Since 1979, Bethesda Project has been providing emergency shelter, housing and supportive services for thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. Across its 15 locations, Bethesda Project offers a home and safe environment where guests and residents can stabilize and regain their dignity and self-worth."
The Our Brothers' Place location, which is run in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia, serves specifically single men experiencing homelessness through emergency shelter, provides three meals a day, and offers supportive services, including referrals to housing and treatment programs.
You can find out more about how to help the Bethesda Project on their website.