Fox Chapel Physical Therapy Kicks off Season of Giving

Fox Chapel Physical Therapy supports community organizations whose programs and services make an impact on the lives of our neighbors. On October 17, 2011, the practice kicks off its annual Season of Giving with a food drive to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and a toy collection for the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program.

"We support the Food Bank and Toys for Tots because they make an impact locally, right here in Pittsburgh among our neighbors," said partner and physical therpist Nan Bennett. "Our staff and patients have been so generous in years past ,and we're looking forward to helping both organizations this year."

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank seeks to end hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania and reports that one in seven individuals in our community doesn't get enough to eat. Through a network of more than 380 community partners like soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and community centers, the Food Bank provides more than 21 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year.

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program aims to provide children in need with new toys at Christmas, delivering a message of hope and encouraging them to become responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Each year, more than 500 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico host toy collections, and the Marine Corps Reserves works with local social welfare agencies and community groups to distribute toys to local children.

"This is my favorite thing that we do here," said Deidre Manski, the practice's billing coordinator, who manages both the food drive and toy collection. "It's graet to step out into the reception area and see the bins full of food, or the boxes full of toys. The staff and patients really like that we're helping people right here in our community."

Food Drive and Co-Pay Contribution

Fox Chapel Physical Therapy will accept donations at each of its clinics through November 21, 2011. The following items are in great need; please, no perishable items or glass containers:

  • Cereal (high-fiber, low-sugar);
  • Canned tuna or salmon (water-packed);
  • Fruit or vegetable juice (100% juice);
  • Canned beans;
  • Canned fruit and vegetables;
  • Peanut butter (15 or 18 ounces);
  • Toilet tissue and facial tissue;
  • Laundry detergent; and
  • Baby or adult diapers.

In addition to the food drive, all co-payments collected on November 21, 22, and 23 for services provided on those days will be donated to the Food Bank. Last year, the practice contributed more than $600 from co-payments collected during Thanksgiving week.

For more information about the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, visit

Toy Collection

Fox Chapel Physical Therapy will serve as an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots, accepting new, unwrapped toys at each of its clinics through mid-December; an end date will be determined by our local Marine Corps Reserves campaign coordinator.

For more information about Toys for Tots, please visit