Santa will come early to an Ambler-based program that steps up to the plate for local families in need.
On Wednesday, Philadelphia Phillies reps, including the Phanatic, the Phillies ball girls, public affairs director Scott Palmer, and broadcaster Tom McCarthy will deliver holiday gifts to the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, for its Adopt A Family program.
They will be accepted by Peggy Dolan, founder of Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund.
The donation is among the 3,300 gifts destined for more than 200 families across the Philadelphia region.
The gifts are being dropped off at 10 a.m. at the Wissahickon Fire Company, 245 Race St., Ambler,  which has donated space as a "gift warehouse" of sorts, says Gina Kent, spokeswoman for the memorial fund.
All of the presents will be distributed to families via hospital social workers between now and the holidays. Anyone who wishes to participate, can donate gift cards via the website,, Kent said.
Now in its 18th year, the Adopt A Family program is expected to help 546 children and 281 parents or guardians by providing the gifts on a wish list.
Social workers at designated hospitals and social service agencies recommend patients and their families in need of support during the holiday season. The fund then pairs those families with sponsors who provide gifts to the families in need.
The memorial fund advocates for families with seriously ill, physically and cognitively challenged, or severely injured children nationwide through information and education.
Financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance is also provided to families whose children are living in or cared for in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.