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Philadelphia-Based Group Offers Free Rides During SEPTA Strike as Easy as A-B-C



    Day 4 of SEPTA Strike Complicates Commutes

    Commutes continue to be difficult in Philadelphia on Day 4 of the SEPTA strike. Negotiations continued Friday between SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union. (Published Friday, Nov. 4, 2016)

    While the SEPTA strike has caused an inconvenience, it has also incited community members to help each other.

    ABC (Able Body Christian, Men), a group dedicated to help seniors, disabled people and youth in need, is offering free transportation during the strike.

    Their mission is based on a "Deeds not Words" ethic.

    "[The SEPTA strike] affects the community. People are worried about how they're going to get to work and get home to be with their family. That's what we're here for, to be able to lessen that burden, free of charge," said Jackie Wleh, Director of ABC Men.

    Their new "Deeds not Words" Community Shuttle Van and Services will provide free transportation to a community in need before and after the strike.

    ABC provided their services along the Broad Street Line Friday pulling up to riders in need.

    "He pulled up and then he was like 'free ride'.. free ride, I'm not gonna turn that down, you feeling me," said Daron Thomas, a UPS and fresh grocer employee who was able to use the shuttle service Friday. "I haven't been able to get to work in two days and I needed that today... It's really helping me.

    "ABC Men is a pretty good organization. I don't really know much about them, but I'm going to get more into it now, " Thomas added. "I'm definitely going to make some donations, everyone should make donation because they're giving out free rides."

    The group offers other services and their community van provides free transportation for youth educational field trips, seniors' medical appointments, seniors' and disabled people's grocery shopping, and more.

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