April 26th, 2010

Philadelphia, PA (April 2010) – With last year’s economic downturn affecting people all over the country, Fans Helping Fans, a grassroots charity started and run by volunteers who are passionate fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, assisted a Tennessee Eagles fan coping with unemployment and mounting unpaid bills.

When a lay-off and a company closing resulted in dual unemployment for Scott and Bassma P., Fans Helping Fans stepped up to assist the couple with overdue car payments so that each could continue to look for work and hold a temporary job. The family already had taken big steps to cope, including moving from a high-cost state to one with a cheaper cost of living, cutting back on their budget and taking any temporary jobs they could find. But as the economy struggled and medical expenses piled up on top of regular bills, these longtime Eagles fans turned to FHF.

With the generous help of its contributors, Fans Helping Fans was able to make car payments totaling almost $1,800.00 for the family, helping to avoid repossession and to maintain the couple’s ability to look for and get to work.

Said Scott P. when learning of the grant, “WOW, WOW, WOW. I’m speechless and shocked. This is so incredible. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!”

Happily, Scott later reported that the company where he was temping had hired him full-time. “We would not have made it without FHF. It was an answer to prayer! It was such a huge relief of our stress. I just can’t say thank you enough. We are still working to get on our feet and caught up with things, but I want to someday make a donation back.”

Many thanks to the Eagles fans who help support Fans Helping Fans and help us assist other fans like Scott P.

To make a donation to Fans Helping Fans, send a check to Fans Helping Fans; P.O. Box 15894; Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Fans Helping Fans to be at the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2010 Draft Party

March 31st, 2010

The Eagles will be having their Draft Party on Thursday, April 22, and Fans Helping Fans will be there.

There will be giveaways and a drawing for autographed Eagles memorabilia. Come out and help support Fans Helping Fans.

Fans Helping Fans helps Eagles fan regain mobility as he seeks to recover from spinal injury

November 9th, 2009

Philadelphia, PA (November 2009) Fans Helping Fans, a grassroots charity started and run by volunteers who are passionate fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, recently gave a helping hand to Kevin M., a local Philadelphia Eagles fan who is facing a difficult challenge in seeking to recover from a spinal injury he suffered in July 2009.

Kevin with his new wheelchair

Kevin with his new wheelchair

Following Kevin M.’s injury, he lost use of his lower legs and other body functions.  After hard rehabilitation work in the hospital, Kevin M. was ready to return home to New Jersey, but he needed a rolling chair that could be used in the bathroom and shower so that he could care for himself and regain some independence.  Family and friends had already helped to remodel Kevin’s home so it would be more maneuverable in a wheelchair, but the wheelchair itself cost over $2,100.00, a sum Kevin could not afford given a lack of insurance and reliable income.

With the generous help of its contributors, Fans Helping Fans stepped up and purchased the shower chair for Kevin M.  It was delivered in November to Kevin’s surprise and relief.

As Jeff Rumble, Chair of Fans Helping Fans’ Grant Distribution Committee remarked, “In spite of all the grief we Eagles fans sometimes give each other, I can say with real sincerity that Eagles fans are the best and finest fans on the planet. You make me proud to be an Eagles Fan!”
Fans Helping Fans is grateful to the many Eagles fans who support our work and make grants like the one for Kevin M. possible.