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FHF Inaugural Year Grant Recap

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

Fans Helping Fans, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping Philadelphia Eagles fans in financial need, finished its highly successful inaugural year by making four grants to Philadelphia Eagles fans in financial need, and it continues making grants in its second year.

“We are thrilled that in our very first year, we were able to help fans throughout the area,” said Reverend Jeff Rumble of California, Chair of FHF’s Grant Distribution Committee.”  “We’re also proud that the grantees were from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” he added, “so we’re not just limited to Philadelphia.”

As reported previously, the first grant was to a fan in Delaware, Mike P., a graduate student who lost everything in an apartment fire.  FHF granted $1,000.00 to replace professional and school textbooks and resources so Mike could continue his studies.  As the first recipients of an FHF grant, Mike and his wife were treated to a very special presentation when Philadelphia Eagle Hank Fraley surprised Mike at the NovaCare Center to present the check.  “I was stunned by the award,” said Mike.  “You can see how much people care.”

FHF’s second award, also reported earlier, went to a family in New Jersey that took in four young relatives from foster care so that they could remain united.  The family needed help to construct a bedroom for the boys, and FHF helped out with a $1,000.00 gift card to Home Depot.

For its third grant, FHF reached out to one of the smallest Eagles fans – one year-old Luke M., who was born with respiratory problems and needed to be on a ventilator at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  “Although Luke was physically able to be discharged from CHOP,” explained Steve Reynolds, another member of the FHF Board, “the hospital wouldn’t allow it until it was confirmed that Luke’s home had sufficient power and wiring to make sure the ventilator would always function.”  FHF’s grant of $1,000.00 paid for an electrician to upgrade the wiring in the home of the Coal Township, PA baby.

Rounding out the year was FHF’s fourth grant to Jeff C., a fan in Maryland who needed help buying medical supplies and paying his utility bill.  “He got caught short after becoming unemployed,” explained Rumble, “and, as a diabetic, needed to keep buying test strips even though he didn’t have health insurance.”  Fans Helping Fans replenished Jeff’s stock of medical supplies and also paid an outstanding utility bill.

With one successful season under its belt, Fans Helping Fans already has begun making grants and considering applications for its second year.  “As long as there are Eagles fans in need out there,’ said Rumble, “we’ll keep trying to help.”

The official registration and financial information of Fans Helping Fans may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.   Fans Helping Fans is a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.