PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Now that the Phillies’ front office is done with the heavy lifting for that Cliff Lee signing, they strapped on aprons Friday to serve about 250 holiday meals at a homeless shelter in Philadelphia.

phillies mgmt serve lunch Phillies Managers Serve Lunch At A Local Homeless ShelterTeam manager Charlie Manuel, team president David Montgomery, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. all helped serve up food at the Bethesda Project, a homeless facility of the organization “Our Brother’s Place,” at 9th and Hamilton Streets, near Callowhill.

Montgomery notes that this is the 11th straight year that the Phils’ front office has served up turkey meals with all the fixings.

“We recognize our one meal pales in comparison with what you get year ’round from this institution,” Montgomery said.

Father Dominic Rossi is executive director of the Bethesda Project.

“There are about 19,000 meals a month we offer — we serve as lunchtime to anyone that walks in,” he noted.

Beneficiaries of today’s meal, like Dave (no last name given), were grateful.

“We’re the recipients and willingly accept graciously their giving to us,” he said.

He’s also thrilled with the recent moves the ball club has made, although he admits to being overly optimistic:

“The Phillies, you think of winning 90, 92 games.  I’m thinking 130 or 140, now.”

The Phillies also presented the shelter with a $10,000 check.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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