A Philly Special Christmas Special Donates Over $3Million

Article Contributed by Mixtape Media | Published on Thursday, January 11, 2024

Philadelphia Eagles’ players Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Jordan Mailata, aka The Philly Specials, have donated over $3 million from selling their limited edition holiday vinyl, A Philly Special Christmas Special (Vera Y Records).  Recipients include Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s toy drive and summer camp, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Snowflake Station, Philabundance, Ronald McDonald House, Feed America, Toys for Tots, and the Fresh Air Fund, amongst others. In addition to the initial commitment to CCTC and CHOP, each musician who participated in the project selected organizations to receive donations.  “I am overwhelmed with gratitude that we were able to double the amount of money we donated last year,” shares executive producer Connor Barwin (Vera Y Records).   “It was a special group of people that came together to make this record, and I am proud to see that diversity represented in the range of organizations this record has been able to support.”

“It’s a testament to the power of music, friendship, community, the city of Philadelphia, and most of all the enjoyment we had making and sharing these songs,” adds producer Charlie Hall.  “To be able to have this kind of an impact on such a breadth of worthy organizations is both humbling and is truly the icing on the cake.”

Released in advance of A Philly Special Christmas Special, singles “This Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Fairytale of Philadelphia,” and “Pretty Paper” have garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, “Fairytale of Philadelphia” reached #1 on iTunes, 61,000 units have been sold on vinyl and the stop motion special created by unPOP Animation, A Philly Special Christmas Special, has been viewed half a million times with 10,000 live viewers tuning in to its premiere on Thanksgiving night.