Tampa, Florida 2021-08-05 04:32:43 –
Dunedin, Florida — “Philadin Philis in Philadelphia” disappeared 10 years ago, but her legacy is stronger than ever.
Rob Ditro admits that his mom was a “colorful woman”.
“There are a lot of blasphemous expressions,” says Ditro. An old-fashioned Italian from South Philadelphia. “
After she died, Rob discovered that his mother secretly donated a backpack to a local church because of all her sullenness.
She didn’t tell anyone, even her son. She wanted to remain anonymous. The church simply knew her as a “backpack lady.”
Ten years later, Rob’s non-profit organization, Backpack Ready Project, We collected and donated about 10,000 backpacks and school supplies to all elementary schools in Pinellas County.
Each year, most of the town of Dunedin and the Tampa Bay area honor Philis with thousands of physical and financial donations.
Rob then hit the road and donated to the entire county.
The Backpack Lady project started as a new semester. Well, it’s a year-round bonus for the school.
“I get calls from middle school all year round,” says Ditro. “They said to me,’We need 10 backpacks, we need 20 backpacks, this boy lost his backpack.'”
Rob says donations are declining this year, but he wants help so he can continue to support all families in need.
For more information on the Backpack Ready project click here.
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