PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Flyers were supposed to be practicing for the playoffs this week, but they’re putting their time off to good use.
Flyers Charities has made a donation of $250,000 to hunger relief organization Philabundance — at a time when the charity needs it most.
Samantha Retamar of Philabundance says the organization is particularly thrilled by the gift at a time when food insecurity is increasing in the area because of the coronavirus crisis and resulting school closures and job uncertainty.
Flyers players have also pledged in-person support.
“We are so thankful for the Flyers, Flyers Charities, Comcast Spectacor and Flyers players for really stepping up and showing that, through this gritty time, they’re here,” Samantha Retamar of Philabunance said.
The 76ers donated the same amount last week. And Eagles Zach Ertz and Rodney McLeod and their wives have also made donations.
“The love that we have for our teams, our teams are giving it right back to us tenfold in a situation that we didn’t foresee happening, but they are stepping up in a fantastic way,” Retamar added. “This is not just a one-time thing. These folks are hunger-heroes year round but have just stepped up in a major way.”
She says the money will help feed 160,000 people with the purchase of 20,000 boxes of provisions.