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PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (PATCH&S)
RUBYE’S KIDS, INCORPORATED
Founded by a chiropractor and his wife, Dr. Don and Roz Weiss, the organization preserves the memory and carries on the work of Dr. Weiss’ patient Rubye Caesar, who hosted holiday parties for disadvantaged children. The holiday party, described as a magical experience for the participants, takes place the 2nd Saturday in December at Girard College, accommodating 500 children from 13 elementary schools and 3 homeless shelters. In addition, the organization sponsors birthday parties in shelters, provides 400 backpacks/year to children in the shelters, stocks a school supply closet to replenish supplies mid-year, and operates 3 library/learning centers in shelters with plans for a 4th. Funds from the Flower Market would be used for all of the above-mentioned programs. Learn more about Rubye’s Kids at www.rubyeskids.org.
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