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PPA Charity Efforts

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CharityExtending a hand to those in need whether they’re a close friend, or complete stranger, is the foundation of any charity. Recently, collective, random acts of kindness have resulted in huge influxes of cash to those in need, as seen with Human of New York’s life-changing donation to a Brooklyn school district or the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) knows the impact that charity can have on the community — and acts on it. The PPA gives out more than just parking tickets. Throughout each year — and years to come — we contribute to multiple charities. Get a glimpse below!


City of Philadelphia Combined Campaign:

For the past 25 years, the PPA has been a proud participant of the City of Philadelphia Combined Campaign. In fact, from 2012 through 2014 alone, PPA employees donated over $42,000 to the combined campaign through year-long payroll deductions. All donations from the PPA along with all other city agencies directly benefited The Combined Campaign’s Participating Organizations. Here’s another eye popping number: between 2012 and 2014, participating agencies donated over $2.2 million to the Combined Campaign!

Santa Express

Santa Express:

It started as a coat drive for a code blue winter season and evolved into Santa Express, a yearly holiday gift drive.

Throughout each year, PPA employees donate their own money to Santa Express to help underprivileged families experience the joy of Christmas.

In 2014, with over $16,000 raised, countless gifts were purchased and wrapped while PPA employees took on the role of the big guy in red.

A few days before Christmas, vans were jampacked with gifts and delivered to ABATEover 60 families by a crew of PPA employees dressed as elves and Santa.

Some gifts were also donated to ABATE, a motorcycle rights group who escorted Santa on a toy ride to from the Liberty Bell Diner to children in Frankford.

Even though holiday season has come and gone, we’ve already begun collecting donations for 2015’s Santa Express. Who knows? Maybe this year we’ll raise over $20,000, which will mean more gifts for underprivileged families.

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