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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Everyday Tow Heroes In PA

Kudos to these caring towers! Here's the KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadephia story from mid-December:

by KYW's Karin Phillips

A group of tow truck drivers gathered in West Philadelphia on Tuesday to deliver toys to kids in need -- and perhaps give their own reputations a boost.

(Sounds of cheering children and adults:) "Thank you, Santa!... and your helpers!"

The helpers are owners and workers at several tow truck companies who blocked off the intersection of 34th and Baring Streets on Tuesday with their trucks to deliver unwrapped toys for the children at the Baring Street Crisis Nursery.

This is likely the only holiday party these kids will have. Three-year-old Yahir got a football:

"I gonna take it home!"

And what is he going to do with it?

"I'll play with it!"

Many of the drivers complained that they get a bad rap as tow truck operators, and the holiday party is a way to give back to the community. Said one:

"Next time you see a tow truck, say 'Those guys are nice!' "

(Photos by KYW's Karin Phillips)

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