John DeBella supports the VMC once again this Thanksgiving!


We cannot wait to welcome one of our greatest supporters this Thanksgiving, John DeBella! Read the excerpt from article in the Metro about how the radio host will support our veterans!

Radio Host Readies for Turkey Drop

by AD Amorosi on www.metro.us

"On Tuesday, Nov. 25, between 6 and 9 a.m., the on-air personality and his partners, City Team Philadelphia, will broadcast live from LOVE Park. During the event, staff will also collect turkeys, coupons and donations at Giant Food Stores across the Tri-State area.

The annual drive benefits shelters, veterans groups, churches and families in need.

After the Turkey Drop, City Team will spend the next 24 hours delivering about 10,000 turkeys. Last year, the team delivered about 9,000 turkeys.

“I usually never estimate, I just pray,” DeBella said.

Some recipients will get fresh or frozen birds to cook themselves. Others will receive pre-cooked gobblers.

Decades ago, a newspaper ad, which read “$10 will buy meals for five people,” caught DeBella’s attention. He asked listeners to collect turkeys for the needy – first 100, then 500 the next year, and so on.

“I understand the drive to beat yesterday’s numbers, but it’s more than a feeling when you understand that over 25 percent of this city lives below the poverty line," said DeBella.

In the summer, DeBella also hosts a Radiothon – now in its eighth year – which benefits the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center. This year, the fundraiser yielded $144,173; one of this year’s biggest contributors was Rod Stewart, who donated $10,000 to the cause. In its eight years, the event has raised nearly $650,000.

This week, DeBella will personally drop off more than 25 turkeys at the N. 4th Street Vets center.

“Even if you hate war, it’s about loving and caring for the warrior,” said DeBella.

DeBella said turkey donations are down this year, but is remaining optimistic.

“But there’s a funny thing that happens on the day of the event – people with the least always give the most."

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Full article online HERE!