Phillies, USO team up to fill backpacks for children of military families

"It's definitely worth it for us to give a little something back."

Mark Abrams
July 31, 2018 - 7:49 pm
Former Phillies second baseman and coach Mickey Morandini, now a team ambassador, speaks with a youngster about the supplies she'll need for school this fall.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies and the Liberty USO teamed up Tuesday to distribute backpacks and school supplies to the children of military service members.

Phillies fans also played a big part in the giveaway for some 100 youngsters from across the region.

John Brazer, publicity director for the Phillies, says the fans brought backpack contributions to the ballpark on July 4 in a show of appreciation for the sacrifices of military families.

"It's a family that is fairly kind of left on their own," Brazer said. "So any support we can do — and the fact that the fans get that and are able to bring over 800 school supplies for the kids is absolutely tremendous."

Youngsters from military families across the region line up to receive backpacks and school supplies during a special giveaway at Citzen's Bank Park on Tuesday.
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Former second-baseman and coach and now Phillies ambassador Mickey Morandini said, "You know, obviously the military gives so much to this country, and it's kind of a way of us giving back to the military."

Kate McCloud says the USO is grateful for the show of support.

"What they sacrifice for us every day, it's definitely worth it for us to give a little something back."