A Glimpse of Humanity after Saturday’s Chaos in Shaw

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

Ed. Note: I reached out on behalf of PoPville after reading the original note to see if we could help the family replace the iPad. Please see where the family is making donations below if you would like to contribute as well. Thanks you to all who emailed.

“Dear Neighbors,

After we shared a message [Our children and our family friends were witnesses to the shooting yesterday afternoon at 7th and S St. During the chaos, my four year old (who has a developmental disability and can’t speak) dropped his iPad that he uses as a communication device. It is an iPad mini in a life proof case. If you find it, please let us know. There is a reward upon return] about the shooting at 7th and S on Saturday and our son’s lost communication iPad, we received so many heartfelt messages of support and concern from friends and neighbors. Thank you for your outreach – it reconfirms everything that we love about living in this community.

We are struggling with how to reconcile this violence in our community with our family’s needs. We are heartbroken for Matthew Shlonsky and his loved ones, we are sad and angry about the violence in our community making it less safe for our kids, and we are committed to fighting the root causes of this violence.

Many people have asked what they can do to help replace our son’s lost communication iPad, and have even offered donations for a new one. We so appreciate all of these offers of support.

We are going to order a new iPad for our son to take to his first day of school next week, but we are also making donations to community organizations that work every day to improve the lives of  children and families in our community. We invite you to join us in supporting these organizations, or others of your choosing.

Northwest Settlement House operates a child care center on the corner of 7th and S that serves kids from all backgrounds and helps working parents find affordable childcare.

ONE DC is a community organization, based a block from 7th and S that organizes for access to better jobs and housing.

In community,

Karen and David”

3 Comment

  • Thank you for sharing this. I’m happy to hear that your son will have his Ipad replaced soon.

  • I’ve been pretty emotional about all of the violence so close to home. This brought bittersweet tears to my eyes and helped me remember that there is a lot of good out there….and to pay it forward. Thanks for sharing.

  • College Success Foundation -DC is a nonprofit also at 7th and S Street that performs amazing work for students in Wards 7 and 8. They give students the option and the access to obtain a college degrees…a path to avoid the perils of their neighborhoods. They provide alternatives to destructive behaviors that have been fostered due to lack of hope in their neighborhoods due to loss of jobs, loss of lives, homelessness, drugs, pregnancy, foster care and numerous other struggles.

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