One of the reasons we love Philadelphia most is that residents of the region stand behind each other in supporting the city and its future. Now is as good a time as any to rally together, Rocky-style. We have some suggestions for easy ways how to do just that. (Photo by J. Smith for GPTMC)
While Philadelphia narrowly escaped the destructive path of Hurricane Sandy, the aftermath the record-producing Superstorm wreaked on our northeastern neighbors has left an astonishing amount of lives in need of food, clothing and shelter.
With the bitter November weather nestling in for the long haul along the eastern seaboard, quick relief for the Frankenstorm victims becomes increasingly imperative.
Below, we’ve rounded up helpful ways in which you can take action in Philadelphia to lend support to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts no matter how big or small the contribution. Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter, what you’ve done to do your part!
• American Red Cross: One of the easiest ways to contribute to relief efforts requires as little time as sending a text message to 90999 with the text “REDCROSS” in order to make an immediate $10 donation to the Red Cross.
• Pub & Kitchen: On Wednesday, November 7 Avalon’s The Diving Horse will be taking over Pub & Kitchen with all proceeds being donated to the New Jersey Red Cross Relief for those affected by the devastation of hurricane Sandy. Chef Jonathan Adams is master of the kitchen at both pubs. Check out the special one-night-only menu you can order from here.
• Hurricane Relief Benefit For The Jersey Shore: On Sunday, November 11, 2-7 p.m., Tattooed Mom’s hosts a fundraising benefit for the Sandy victims of the Jersey Shore. Along with raffles, silent auctions and drink specials, the South Street watering hole will donate 30% of their sales from the event to the cause.
• Supply Drive and Fundraiser at Xfinity Live!: South Philadelphia’s sports entertainment hub is conducting a city-wide collection of essential supplies (bottles of water and Wal-Mart gift cards as recommended by the Salvation Army) needed to aid the families effected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations can be made throughout the day beginning at 6 a.m., Wednesday, November 7. hose who contribute will also receive 20% off on any item purchased in the venue.
• Wawa: Donate $1, $3 or $5 from any purchase made at checkout at Wawa locations. All contributions will be directed to Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts.
• Reading Terminal Market: RTM’s Philbert the Pig, located in the market’s center court, will be collecting monetary contributions throughout the entire month of November. Your generous offers will help fuel the relief efforts of the Red Cross.
• Operation Rebound: The Philadelphia 76ers are putting up their team swag for fans to bid on throughout the month of November and December in order to raise more money for the American Red Cross. Each week, bids can be placed on items like game-worn and autographed sneakers and jerseys, team basketballs, canvas photo prints and one-of-a-kind experiences. In addition, the Sixers are partnering with ACME to promote and sell blue wristbands throughout the duration of the program to enable more funds for relief.
• Shake Shack: Philly’s new, tasty burger and shake joint has created a special milkshake, the “Rally Shake,” inspired by NYC’s iconic Black & White cookie. Every purchase made of the cool treat will see a $2 donation to the American Red Cross through Sunday, November 11. Get shaking!
• Ben Gibbard at the Keswick Theatre: Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service is donating $1 for every ticket sold during his first solo tour through Philadelphia, Boston, NYC and DC to benefit organizations helping communities rebuild and recover. Tickets to Gibbard’s concert on Wednesday, November, 8 p.m. at the Keswick Theatre can be purchased here.
• Rotunda Rocks for Sandy Relief: On Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m. The Rotunda in University City, along with Sylvia Platypus, hosts an evening of marvel complete with clowns, jugglers, dancers, sword swallowers, fire spinners food, drink and live music in order to rock relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy. Admission is free, and suggested donations of $5-$25 will be accepted.
• Aldo Lamberti’s Family of Restaurants: On Friday, November 9, all Aldo Lamberti restaurants are joining forces to support the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Efforts Fund. All six restaurants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will be donating 15% of all lunch and dinner sales to help residents in New Jersey impacted by Superstorm Sandy. These include Caffe Aldo Lamberti and Lamberti’s Tutti Toscani in Cherry Hill, Positano Coast in Philly, Forno Pizzeria & Grille in Maple Shade, Lamberti’s Cucina in Feasterville and Luna Rossa Biagio Lamberti in Turnersville.
• Lithe Aid: Lithe Method is hosting a special Lithe Aid Lithe-a-Thon class at their Main Line and Old City studios on Sunday, November 11. A $40 donation will see you 75 minutes of instruction, and 100% of the proceeds are directed to the Red Cross. Lithers can even sign up for multiple classes during the five-hour span as instructors and staff are donating their time for relief efforts.