Around Town

The Northeast Tower Center Xfinity Store, Friday Jan. 25, 2019, in Northeast Philadelphia. Comcast Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Comcast happy with its 2020

Comcast believes it had a successful 2020, with millions of people relying on the company to help them work from home, access news, educational resources and entertainment and keep in touch with family members during the pandemic.

Comcast introduced new products and features like expanded 5G coverage for Xfinity Mobile, next-generation Xfinity xFi pods, free advanced cybersecurity for those with Xfinity’s xFi Gateway and additional home security options.

 New entertainment options included the launches of Hulu, Spotify and NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock on Xfinity X1.

For business customers, Comcast provided free and discounted access to third-party business applications and introduced a set of connectivity solutions for business owners with employees working from home in the pandemic.

In the community, Comcast enhanced and expanded Internet Essentials, its high-speed internet adoption program for low-income families. Cities, school districts and community organizations were able to connect large numbers of eligible students and families to the internet at home.

Comcast led the convening of philanthropic and civic leaders that launched the  PHLConnectED program in August. It helps connect low-income K-12 Philadelphia student households to internet at no cost to them for up to two years.

A multiyear program launched to add more than 1,000 WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide – including 26 Parks and Recreation Centers in Philadelphia and more around the region.

Comcast committed $100 million to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability. As part of the commitment, the company recently introduced Comcast RISE, an initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses owned by black, indigenous and “people of color” who were hard hit by COVID-19.

Comcast also funded a program to provide virtual, tuition-free tech training. ••

Blood drive at Loudenslager

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave.

Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to The sponsor code is ALPOST366.

Face masks are required. ••

Sale at thrift shop

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will hold a half-price sale from Sunday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan.  8.

Shop hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The shop is closed Saturday.

Call 215-624-9130. ••