Submitted by: Mario Turco, President, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region

Philadelphia Eagle Steve Smith and Santa Swoop join local nonprofit organizations for special presentation.

Verizon Wireless Philadelphia region employees recently donated more than one-thousand backpacks filled with warm winter clothes, personal care items, and toys for children of families affected by domestic violence across the tri-state area. The employee-driven initiative is part of an annual program called “Packs for Pride,” made possible through the company’s HopeLine program. Over the past 12 years, more than 7,000 backpacks and thousands of dollars worth of items have been donated through Packs for Pride 

Attending the ceremony held at the Verizon Wireless store at 11th and Market Street in Philadelphia were (back, from L to R):  Steve Evans, Children’s Home of Easton; Harold Pugh, Jr., A Woman’s Place; Sgt. Michael Faust, Police Athletic League; Steve Smith, Philadelphia Eagles; Mario Turco, Verizon Wireless Philadelphia Tri-State Region President; Ida Petkus, Domestic Violence Advocacy Center; Swoop, Philadelphia Eagles; Michael Redford, Domestic Violence Advocacy Center; Santa Claus; Representative from Congreso; Christina Escobar, Congreso; Dr. Denise Berte, The Latin Community Center

(front row, from L to R) Julie Cousler Emig, El Concilio; Stephanie Ferrell, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Kim Rigby, People’s Place SAFE Shelter; Debrasi Ghosh, Women in Transition; Caroline Campbell, Congreso; Irene Lindsay Brantley, Women in Transition; Cheryl Brubaker, Woman Against Abuse.