Ben Simmons announced on Friday that he’s launched “The Philly Pledge,” which encourages Philadelphians to donate to two local organizations, Philabundance and the PHL COVID-19 Fund, helping with coronavirus relief.
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Philly! Being isolated during this unprecedented time doesn’t mean we can’t come together as a City. Finding nonprofit organizations who are helping on the front line is often hard but @ThePhillyPledge have made it easy. You can make a donation for as little as $25. We can all make a difference and show the world what the City of Brotherly Love is all about. Be safe. #ThePhillyPledge @thephillypledge ❤️
Philabundance is a hunger relief organization, and the PHL COVID-19 Fund aims to “help our nonprofit community navigate near-and longer-term challenges from COVID-19 and ensure that critical resources remain available for those in our community who need it most.”
Mayor Jim Kenney commended Simmons for the initiative.
I also applaud and thank the Sixers' @BenSimmons25, who is using his influence, voice, resources, and compassion to launch @ThePhillyPledge.— Jim #StayHomePHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) March 27, 2020
Ben is calling on Philadelphians to support both the #PHLCOVID19FUND and @Philabundance.#ThankYouPhillyhttps://t.co/HOIDP9mKJ6
“At a time like this, it is important and inspiring to see our city come together, and for celebrities such as Ben [to use] their platforms to spread messages of unity and generosity toward each other,” Kenney said Friday at a press conference.
Joel Embiid has pledged to donate $500,000 to COVID-19 medical relief efforts.
Sixers limited partner Michael Rubin said Thursday that his company Fanatics aims to produce a million masks and gowns for hospital and emergency healthcare workers.
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