Ways to Engage

Current Drive

Teddy Bear Drive for the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance

PCA is a nonprofit organization that creates a coordinated response to promote healing and justice for Philadelphia’s minors who are victims of sexual assault. To understand how PCA works, see this short video. Every child who receives services from PCA is offered the opportunity to select a teddy bear. PCA has found that this small token is very helpful as the child begins the healing process. Our Middle School is getting involved by having a teddy bear drive that will continue until April 29. Please donate bears to the bins in the MS lobby.

PCA is grateful for donations but has the following guidelines for teddy bear donations:

  • Teddy bears and stuffed animals have to be new with tags still attached.
  • The perfect size is 6-13” and the cuddlier the better.
  • Outside fur should be soft and cuddly, not harsh to touch.
  • Filling for stuffed animals must be fabric or solid foam, not small pellets or beans.
  • Humorous stuffed animals may cause fear in young children, so please avoid these types.

Ongoing Projects: Collecting and Gleaning at PC

All of the ongoing programs below meet the Center for Public Purpose goals of addressing education, poverty and food insecurity in our community. Shelves are set up in the lobbies of each division, and any questions can be directed to Alyson Goodner or Sharon Ahram at 215-844-3460 ext. 162 or via email, and

  • Reach Out and Read. Dr. Eileen Tyrala has noticed that her pediatric practice in the Falls Center has a rapidly changing demographic now moving towards Allegheny West instead of East Falls. She has engaged with the Reach Out And Read program, which places a series of carefully selected books into the lives of infants, children and their parents, starting in the first year of life, to encourage an early introduction to books and reading aloud. We are helping to donate books and financially sustain this program which costs approximately $2,000 a year.
  • Our Closet at LIFT. LIFT serves the Philadelphia community in combating poverty and expanding opportunities for everyone. Through a PC parent connection, we found Our Closet, which provides free clothing to people in need without question or judgment. Our Closet’s goal is to provide this service to people in a dignified manner so that customers of the “store” can accept these free items with pride. Look for bins in all three divisions for Our Closet donations. The fifth grade at Penn Charter leads this effort.
  • Food Insecurity. For many years, our cafeteria has been gleaning leftover food on Fridays, and staff transports it that day to the Face to Face Soup Kitchen or the Whosoever Gospel Mission. We collect food on our shelves and take it to St. James School, where they put it in bags for families to take home for the weekend when food often becomes scarce. A variety of other projects take place, from pie making, to sandwiches and other donations, which are also taken to the St. Francis Inn in Kensington.