Good to Give: The Top 5 Charities in Philadelphia

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Today is Thanksgiving, the one day among many when we should stop, look around and realize all that we are so lucky to have. It should also be a time for us to help those around us who may not be so fortunate. As the turkey gives way to shopping, why not give the gift of hope by donating to one of these, or any other, area charities? No one needs another coffee mug, anyway.

1 MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)

Dedicated to providing nourishment to the thousands of area individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses, MANNA prepares and delivers medically appropriate meals to their clients at no charge. MANNA also promotes wellness through nutrition education and counseling.

2323 Ranstead St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103


2 Back on My Feet

Founded by a Philadelphia runner and now growing with chapters across the country, this unique charity promotes the self-sufficiency of the homeless population by introducing them to running and, in turn, building their confidence, strength and self-esteem. Participants who show dedication are rewarded with job training, employment and housing.

1520 Locust St., Suite 804

Philadelphia, PA 19102


3 Women Against Abuse

Educating, protecting and enhancing the lives of those affected by domestic violence in the area, Women Against Abuse runs both an emergency shelter and long-term residence for victims and provides legal and counseling services.

100 South Broad St., Suite 1341

Philadelphia, PA 19110


4 Variety: The Children's Charity

Variety serves the needs of children with disabilities, be they physical, mental or developmental. Through after school programs, outing, and a camp that is looked forward to all year, the children gain interaction and self confidence.

1520 Locust St., 2nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102


5 Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

The Philadelphia area's Alex Scott wanted to raise money for childhood cancers, like the one she was fighting. Her simple front-yard lemonade stand turned into a national organization that raises money in her memory, one sweet cup at a time.

333 E. Lancaster Ave., #414

Wynnewood, PA 19096


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