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A Generous Outpouring of Support to Help the Fire Victims

February 1, 2011, Volume 57, No. 20

Dear Dropsite Volunteers,

Not only are you dedicated, you are also expeditious. In less than five days (which included two weekend days and a holiday), you collected enough donations from our generous colleagues at the University to load up six flatbed trucks. You are amazing and I have the pictures to prove it! We were even able to assist Penn students impacted by the fire.

A couple of the students came directly to my office and were able to collect items including toiletries, clothing, bags, towels, sheets, brand new underwear and socks. They became tearful when they realized just how many people cared about them and their trauma. I thank you. I do not believe any other University in the area was able to respond so quickly to the fire victims in West Philadelphia.

The donations have all been collected and taken to the Salvation Army with the help of University City District and our own SAS Facilities. It was amazing to watch truckload after truckload depart to help the fire victims. They have so many concerns, but we were able along with many others to lift the burden of being worried about what will I wear or what linen will I put on my bed?

I am honored to work with you and humbled by your willingness to make a difference in the lives of others.  I am moved by the generosity of our colleagues.

—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Office of Government and Community Affairs


Wow! We can’t even begin to thank you for the incredible outpouring of support following our call to help those victims of last month’s unfortunate fire. University City District hauled more than a dozen truckloads of donations to the Salvation Army in just a few days! Items donated included clothing, toys, baby gear, books, household items, toiletries and more. It warms our heart to see the University City community come together like this and we couldn’t have done it without you! Donations came from neighbors, businesses, community leaders, church groups, employees, university officials and students.

If you didn’t make our deadline but still want to help, individuals should contact the Salvation Army (215) 474-1010 or make a financial contribution to The Red Cross (215) 299-4000.

—University City District

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