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A reader sends from You Caring:

“According to a Washington Post Article, Lakira Renee Johnson is a 21-year old woman who was pregnant with twins. Around 10pm on August 30 as she emerged from a Northeast Washington, DC carryout store she was shot in the stomach. Police described her as a bystander who was not targeted by the gunman. Lakira went into labor unexpectedly at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday. Her twins were born alive and lived long enough to be named Heaven and Nevaeh – “Heaven” spelled backward. Lakira underwent additional surgery Monday to repair damage, caused by the bullet that struck her in the stomach, that could not be addressed until after the twin’s birth. She remains hospitalized and has two other?#160;daughters, ages 3 and 7. We have established this fund to help support Lakira and her family in any way we can.”


From an email:

“The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is excited to announce Chefs Take a Stand to End Domestic Violence (CTAS) is back! CTAS not your average gala: the food is delicious – the attire is comfortable – the speeches are few. Come for the food, stay for the cause, and leave knowing you did your part to help end domestic violence this October.

Featuring a selection of DC’s best chefs, mixologists, and craft brewers this event will mark the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

You can learn more here.”

chipotle georgia

From an email:

“On Tuesday, August 23, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League fundraiser across all downtown D.C., Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring Chipotle locations. When customers dining at any of these locations mention the fundraiser at the register, Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League.

Chipotle is looking forward to supporting the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League, an animal welfare agency that provides comfort and care to over 60,000 animals annually.”

bstone fundraiser

From an email:

“Who: Operation Underground Railroad – They are a group of highly trained ex-CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops op experts who work to end child trafficking in the United States and abroad.

What: HAPPY HOUR – percentage of proceeds made during this will be donated to O.U.R. for future missions.

Where: Boundary Stone- 116 Rhode Island Ave NW

When: August 18, 2016, 5-8pm

Why: 325,000 children are at risk for becoming victims of sexual exploitation just in the United States. O.U.R. works to rescue children trapped in sex slavery and spread awareness to lower the number exploited each year. Child sex trafficking is a difficult subject, but starting the conversation and raising money to help O.U.R. is just one way to make that conversation a little easier!

Video on a little of what O.U.R. does:


silver spring
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

From an email:

This past Thursday, an explosion and fire broke out at the Flower Branch Apartments complex in Silver Spring. More than 30 people were injured, including three firefighters, and nearly 100 people were forced from their homes. Among those evacuated were two of our Silver Spring team members.

The Red Cross was immediately on the scene, setting up a shelter a few blocks away for a safe place where families could reconnect with one another. They provided beds, food, counselors, and caseworkers for all of the victims.

Join us at our Silver Spring Cava Grill Today- Tuesday, August 16th, between 6pm – 10pm for dinner. Cava will donate 100% of sales during this time to The Red Cross’ relief efforts, supporting the residents of the Flower Branch Apartments and our two team members.

Cava Grill Silver Spring
8515 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910″

Photo by PoPville flickr user Elliot Mitchell

“Dear PoPville,

There is a large Louisiana ex-pat community here in DC and I would guess we are all feeling somewhat helpless but wanting to do something to help people back home. I was trying to think of ways to organize events to raise money (as that is the most practical focus at the moment). If I were to approach a bar what are the things I should have prepared and what questions should I ask? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.”

Also anyone know of Louisiana flood fundraisers already organized?

school supplies
Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

“Dear PoPville,

I wondered if you might be aware of a local DC area organization, like the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program, that let’s you “adopt” a kid before school starts to provide them with clothing or school needs.”

Tons of info from a recent press release:

“As the cost of going back to school continues to rise, Washingtonians have more ways than ever to help students in low-income neighborhoods, thanks to the nonprofits that make up the Catalogue for Philanthropy (

Research has found the cost of supplies and extracurricular activities for high school students has increased 6.8 percent from last year to nearly $1,500 per student. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of public school students come from low-income families.

The Catalogue, a trusted guide to local giving, vets and highlights the best small nonprofits in the region without any cost to the charities or donors.

It has surveyed members of its network during this back-to-school time and posted all of the opportunities to help at The requests include traditional school supplies, art and music needs, and outdoor equipment.

Some of the highlights are:

  • Hope House DC supports children whose fathers are incarcerated. It will host a back-to-school party in late August; each Hope House kid who attends will receive a backpack stuffed with school supplies. Items needed include composition books, dictionaries, highlighters, binders and calculators.
  • Kids R First is distributing school supplies to 27,000 students in 100 schools on the free or reduced lunch program in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Organizers need help gathering and sorting the supplies for each school.
  • City Kids Wilderness Project is in need of the following new or nearly new items: tents, sleeping bags and rain gear.
  • Art Enables creates the opportunity for visual artists with disabilities to make and market their work. Art Enables is in need of paint brushes, pencil sharpeners, canvases, paint and other supplies.

Full details about these needs and others from more than two dozen other Catalogue nonprofits are at .

The Catalogue began in 2003 and now raises over $3 million annually for local nonprofits in the metropolitan Washington region.”

cleveland school
via gofundme

From an email:

“I wanted to let you and your readers know that this Saturday, August 6, from 10 -2, the PTA will be hosting a yard sale at Cleveland Elementary School, 1825 8th St. NW. Depending on the weather, it will either be on the playground or inside the building. We’ll be selling freshly laundered uniform clothing in navy and white, as well as all sorts of household and child items for low, low prices! Our PTA must make up a $30K shortfall for this coming year to pay for necessary supplies, because the funds that would normally go for those things were used to save our Science and Reading Specialist teachers.

At least stop by to enjoy some delicious cupcakes — they will go fast!
Another way to support our school is to donate funds via our GoFundMe page at Or donate needed supplies directly here:
On behalf of Cleveland parents, students, teachers and staff, we greatly appreciate any and all support from the community!
And a shoutout to Four Points developers and Shaw Main Streets for covering the cost of laundering the uniforms!”