Earlier this month, volunteers from the Philadelphia Union front office gave out free coffee and donuts to thank Chester-Upland crossing guards for their daily commitment to keeping kids safe. The coffee and donuts were given out between the hours of 7:30-9:00 a.m. and were courtesy of the club's partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts.
Volunteers traveled along Ninth Street, starting at Central and working their way down through Morton Street. The community relations initiative reached 11 crossing guards this year, making sure each felt individual appreciation from the Union.
Local crossing guard Betty Stinson has been working for over 10 years and thanks the Union for their constant support of the city. She proclaimed the joy she had for her job, getting to watch the children grow up and hoping to have a positive influence on their lives.
And in addition to all that, Stinson added.
"This is a blessing," Stinson said. "For an organization to remember us, and to do so much for the community, it is such a blessing.”
This is the fourth time volunteers from the Union thanked local crossing guards over the past two years. Each trip, which travels a different route in the community, shows appreciation for their ability to arise at the break of dawn and do a public service in various conditions -- all with a smile on their face. The Union and Dunkin' Donuts look to venture out again this winter season in addition to continuing the tradition for years to come.