The bleachers at the MLK Recreation Center at 21st and Cecil B. Moore Avenue were packed as community members came out to see the 3rd annual Fall Classic All Star Game. The exhibition game, celebrating the start of Juvenile Justice Week, featured youth from the Philadelphia Providers' League playing against an all-star team of juvenile probation officers.
It's something that has always pulled on my heartstrings. They are such sweet and loving individuals yet I would chronically see foster parents opt to adopt younger kids, watching foster kids age out, entering the world on their own, without support and it would eat me up.
Robbin and Ernesto Pineda had opened their Pottstown home to many a foster child over 15 years. Last year, though, the requests from Montgomery County seemed to slow, and the house started feeling empty.
So the Pinedas turned to Philadelphia. They asked whether the city's system for placing kids in good homes could use another family. Within a week, their house was full.
Operation Thanksgiving is an opportunity to make sure no family goes without a Thanksgiving dinner. This year, my Take Flight Foundation and our partners at ACME provided 200 families with everything they need to prepare their own holiday meal. Although we try to give back through the foundation throughout the year, this is a special time to interact with families and make their lives easier.
There's been a dramatic increase in the number of drug related overdose deaths in the Philadelphia region. Friday the city opened a much needed rehab center.