Philadelphia – December 23, 2016 – On Dec. 20, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) embarked on a two-day effort called the “Day of Giving” to deliver fresh made holiday meals to firefighters at fire stations throughout his district in addition to gifts to kindergarten students at schools in both Philadelphia and Delaware counties.

“What made the ‘Day of Giving’ such as great success was the involvement of the community,” Williams said. “The contributions of our community helped ensure that the meals for firefighters, gifts for the children and assistance for the families who were impacted by the tragic fire in Cobbs Creek were available.

“It was a wonderful day when generosity and giving was fully displayed. It was very heart-warming.”

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Williams was also joined at the kick off news conference at Fresh Grocer on Tuesday by Patrick Burns (CEO of Fresh Grocer), Judge Renee Hughes (American Red Cross CEO Eastern Region), Fire Department Captain William Dixon, Rep Joanna McClinton, Isa Rashid (Muslims 4 Humanity) to appeal for items to help families devastated by the Dec. 16 fire.

At the news conference, the Burns family announced that it had donated $10,000 in Fresh Grocer gift cards to the American Red Cross and the families impacted by the fire.

Williams was joined by Pat Burns, Rep McClinton, Santa and Mrs. Claus to help with the food delivery. They went from one fire station to another on a fire truck.

The “Day of Giving” also involved providing bikes and helmets for kindergarten students at Childs Elementary schools and gifts to Colwyn Elem. School. In addition to the gifts, students were able to get a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

“The outreach involved in the ‘Day of Giving’ was critical to its success,” Williams said. “We want to thank Pat Burns and Fresh Grocer plus Chris Lawrence Vice President of CH2MHill, Rep. Jordan Harris, Ameri-Health Caritas and Black Women in Sports for all the help and support of the ‘Day of Giving.”