There's nothing quite like a day at the ball park. Nothing beats the fresh smell of the field on a beautiful summer day with a hotdog in one hand and a lucky baseball mitt in the other. This past July, thanks to two long-standing supporters, The Salvation Army gave local children this opportunity by treating them to a day at Citizen's Bank Park, which was for many of the children a first-time experience.


On Wednesday July 22, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia treated 600 children to a "Day with the Philadelphia Phillies" at Citizen's Bank Park as part of our annual Christmas in July campaign. The children, all of whom took part in summer camp programs at The Salvation Army's Corps Community Centers throughout the city, had the opportunity to cheer on the Philadelphia Phillies up close, something many of them have never experienced.

Day with the Phillies.


Children from across the city dressed in brightly colored game-day theme shirts loaded onto buses at their neighborhood corps community centers to take the trip down to the stadium. They enjoyed a brief tailgating experience outside of the stadium before moving inside to watch the Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays. As part of the day's festivities, students from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's "Tune Up Philly" after-school program, in partnership with The Salvation Army, performed on the field prior to the start of the game as a salute to The Salvation Army.


The event was part of The Salvation Army's 7th Annual Christmas in July campaign. This year's campaign honored The Salvation Army's 150 years of global service while collecting donations to help send children, many of whom are underprivleged, to summer camp in the Poconos.


To learn more about The Salvation Army's youth programs, CLICK HERE.