The Greater Philadelphia region is a cold place to be during the winter, especially if you do not have a warm coat.
Be part of the Greater Philadelphia Cares 14th Annual Winter Coat Drive.

Last year over 130 businesses, civic groups and individuals collected 6000 new and gently used coats that were distributed throughout the region.

Every year, thousands of men, women, and children in the Greater Philadelphia region live through the cold winter season without a coat to keep warm. You may help provide them with this basic necessity. This event is a reminder that there are thousands of people whose only holiday wish is a warm coat for their children, parents, or themselves.

There are two ways area residents may help:

  • Bring your new or “gently used” winter coat(s) to the December 21st or the January 18th Public Safety/Town Watch meeting held at the EPX office 1940 S. 13th Street or  January 4th EPX General Membership meeting held in Neumann-Goretti High School’s Cafeteria!
  • Drop off your new or “gently used” winter coat(s) at any of our public collection sites from November 1, 2009 through January 19, 2010.

All collected coats may be delivered to our generous project partner, St. Vincent DePaul.

Any donations of 10 coats or more must be delivered to the central St. Vincent DePaul warehouse at 901 East Luzerne Street, Philadelphia, 19124.


The Home Depot
2200 Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia
Conestoga Bank
10th & Catherine Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Conestoga Bank
Broad & Porter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Conestoga Bank
1833 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
929 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Conestoga Bank
21st Street & Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

EPX members have expressed a great deal of generosity during this Season of Giving. Many more EPX members have asked what the families, the Board has identified as in need, require this Holiday.  Well here  is the list developed by our committee. So, if you plan to donate new clothing, toys, home goods etc. here are the descriptions of the families…

Family One — 4 Adults, 5 Children: 7 yr old boy, 3 yr old twin girls, 2 more girls.

Family Two — 2 Adults, 4 Children: 6 yr old girl, 12 yr old boy, 2 yr old girl, baby girl.

Family Three — 2 Adults, 1 Child: 9 yr old boy.

Family Four — 2 Adults, 3 Children: 10 yr old boy, 9 yr old boy, 4 yr old girl.

Family Five — 2 Adults 1 Child: 9 yr old girl.

Family Six —   1 Adult, 2 Children: 10 yr old girl, 17 year old boy.

Family Seven — 3 Adults, 3 Children: 5 yr old girl, 7 yr old girl, 12 yr old boy.

Donations may be dropped off at the EPX Office 1940 S. 13th St. between noon and 2 pm on Sunday December 20th.

May your spirits be full with rejoicing, knowing you helped those less fortunate than yourselves!

The December 2009 EPX General Membership meeting will be held on Monday, December 7, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Presentation by the Arnold Barr of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The meeting will be held at the St. Agnes Continuing Care Center (Broad and McKean Streets) in the auditorium. Ask the front desk for directions.



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The December EPX Zoning/Planning Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 30th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

The meeting will beheld at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church’s Cenacle House, 1144 Jackson Street
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SBSNA has scheduled to meet with the applicant, EPX, and the community at its next zoning meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at Methodist Hospital in the Morgan Conference Center.  An appeal for a property at 17 11 S. Broad St. will be discussed.

Giving Thanks! Each year, at this time, the Board of EPX through the generosity of our membership and area businesses, works to complete our annual charitable giving campaign!  EPX is a 501(c)(3) and as such is expected to donate 5% of it’s income to charity. However, if you are a member, be proud knowing EPX donates almost 10% of it’s annual budget to charity! Much of our fund-raising goes to support this campaign.

EPX donations started with a $200.00 gift to St. John’s Baptist Church at 13th & Tasker Streets for their food pantry. The Philadelphia Access Center (PAC) at 11th & Mifflin Streets supplies turkeys to over a dozen neighbors in our area and EPX provides the rest of their Thanksgiving dinner.  Everything from salad to cranberry sauce, stuffing to green beans, mashed potatoes to gravy…and more.  The hard work of gathering donations, shopping and delivering these items falls to our Treasurer Millie Ruffino, our Recording Secretary Jo Cardillo and Member at-Large Pat Pitt.  Let’s give these ladies a great big round of applause!!!

The remainder of the Winter Holidays sees EPX donating to as many as six households, in our boundaries, a full array of Season’s Greetings; toys, home-goods, clothing and food. These items, in the form of gift cards, are given to needy families helping to make their holidays brighter! It’s not to late to join in on the giving. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to aid EPX in our charitable efforts feel free to bring new, unused goods or monetary donations to our December General Membership meeting on Monday 12/7 or use the Paypal link on this web page.

So whether you celebrate, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or something else, your friends and neighbors at EPX  wish you all the blessings of the Season and the hope for a peaceful and prosperous 2010, excelsior!