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Phillies Broadcasters, Front Office Dish Out Meals and Chatter For Local Homeless

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(Members of the Phillies' organization run the buffet line for homeless men at a shelter.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(Members of the Phillies’ organization run the buffet line for homeless men at a shelter. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of the Phillies’ front office and broadcast team spent part of their day today feeding the homeless at a facility in the 900 block of Hamilton Street, near Spring Garden.

Wearing aprons and Santa hats, the staff rolled up their sleeves and served up heaping portions of turkey with all the trimmings to more than 200 members of the homeless community.

The meal topped off with an after-dinner treat dished out by the Phillies’ manager.

“I got the dessert,” said Charlie (far right in photo), giving new meaning to the term “Manuel labor.”

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says the Phillies have had a longstanding relationship with the Bethesda Project.

“You know, I’ve been doing this about 14 or 15 years, and 11 in this facility,” Amaro told KYW Newsradio today, “but to be able to do this year in and year out feels special — to be able to serve some of these men and women. It’s a special day for us to give a little something back.”

The Phillies not only foot the bill for the food but also give Bethesda House a cash donation. It’s all part of the team’s annual “holiday week of giving.”

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