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From Brookland Pint:

“We are currently in the middle of our annual Toys for Tots toy drive. As you know the USMCR holds an annual toy drive to benefit children who don’t have the means for a traditional Christmas. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. We are proud to join the Marine Corps Reserve in making this mission a reality.

To support these objectives Brookland Pint has offered a 10% discount on all tabs where a new, unwrapped, toy was donated. We will also be holding a fundraiser 4 for Toys for Tots on the evening of Thursday, December 3rd. From 6-9 that night we will be welcoming representatives of the Marine Corps who will be on site to collect donations. We will also be raffling of gift cards and prizes from other local businesses, offering 20% off your tab with a toy donation, and will have discounted beer and wine for all. Please join us in bringing together the community by providing a brighter holiday season to those less fortunate.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user blake martin

From an email:

“I’m organizing a collection of gently used baby carriers for refugees arriving in Europe. Carry the Future is an organization that meets refugees as they arrive, and fits parents of babies and toddlers with carriers to help ease the burden and provide comfort and security on the next leg of their journey.

There are lots of ways that folks can participate:

– donate a gently used carrier (like a Baby Bjorn, Lillebaby, Mei Tai, or Ergo) at a variety of drop off locations anytime before Dec 15th, or at a Petworth home on Saturday Dec 12th (maybe before heading to the Upshur Street Art and Craft Fair?) We are asking for $5 per carrier, too, to offset shipping costs. Any excess funds will be donated directly to Carry the Future. As a special bonus, consider packing the carrier’s pocket with a note, protein bar, baby food pouch, or anything else that might ease a refugee’s journey

– If you don’t have a carrier to donate, shop off Carry the Future’s Amazon wish list

– if you live in a part of town not represented on the drop off sites list, become one yourself! (leave a box on your porch for drop offs, or coordinate with folks to receive if that isn’t a good option for you) Just post a message on our FB event page and we’ll follow up. (more…)


From President Lincoln’s Cottage:

“President Lincoln’s Cottage is excited to partner with Slash Run this #GivingTuesday to raise money to support the Cottage.

On Tuesday, December 1, after 5pm stop by Slash Run in Petworth and order from their selection of hamburgers, cocktails, desserts, and other items. 15% of all proceeds will be donated to President Lincoln’s Cottage. There will also be a raffle where the lucky winner will receive a top hat full of goodies including gift cards to local businesses.

If you can’t make it to Slash Run, you can still celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a contribution to President Lincoln’s Cottage online. An anonymous donor has pledged to match the first $15,000 donated on #GivingTuesday doubling the power of your donation!

Your support of President Lincoln’s Cottage this #GivingTuesday, and every day, means that we may continue to provide groundbreaking exhibits, inspirational school programs, and preserve Lincoln’s beloved Cottage as a home for brave ideas.

Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur St., NW, Washington, DC 20011, which is right across the street from the Eagle Gate entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home.”

via gofundme

From an email:

“I am a teacher at Brightwood Education Campus. We had several families affected by the car crash in Hyattsville last weekend. One of our kindergartners passed away. We have a first grade student who is still in critical condition, as well as several parents and siblings who were seriously injured. The school is raising money to help the families with funeral costs and medical care for the families involved. Could you share the link with readers who may be interested in donating?”

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, there was a horrific car accident in Hyattsville, Maryland that involved a church van and a truck, where four people died and fourteen others were injured.

Sadly, Stanley Gomez-Rodriguez, a kindergartener, at Brightwood Education Campus, died as a result of the accident. In addition, her mother and baby sister were also critically injured.

Unfortunately, there was another family from our school in the accident. Diana Rodriguez, a first grader, and her brother, Freddie Rodriquez, a fourth grader, and their parents were also severely injured in the accident.

Our school (Brightwood Education Campus, Washington, DC) is seeking immediate donations to help these families cover burial expenses for Stanley and medical expenses for those who have been hospitalized. Prior to the accident, these families were surviving on meager incomes. Your contributions will be used solely to help defray the cost of the funeral and to aid those who will need medical treatment over the weeks and months to come.

We hope you will reach deep within your hearts to help us support these families during their time of crisis. In advance, we thank you for your support and your generosity.

If you are able you can make a donation here.


I’ve been featuring a lot of Crestwood homes as house of the day this week – a good chance to check some in person – from an email:

Crestwood Tour of the Homes to Fund Low Income Housing

Question: Where does the Tour begin?

Answer: At the house EVERYONE (slight hyperbole) is talking about – the new house on Mathewson! You can stop wondering what it looks like inside because Myron and Judy have invited you in!

A few titillating facts:

The house began with a vision for a modern glass house on a hill in the woods and found a life in Crestwood. Their architects and builders created their tree house with open architecture and multiple terraces including an expansive terraced patio.OUTSIDE feast your senses on Asian gardens, a waterfall and a white cedar porch. INSIDE there is even more: European fixtures and appliances and Italian cabinets in the kitchen. The bedroom even has its own terrace with a jacuzzi, lacquered Italian bedroom suite and a TV cabinet with an electronic lift and an Italian bubble soaking tub. Plus the house is “smart”, controlled by mobile phones or i-pads; motorized shades and screens,computerized lighting, and an AV system in every room.Come see it for yourself….

DATE: Oct 25th
TIME: 1 TO 4

WHERE: START HOME: 4226 Mathewson – where you will pay and start the Tour


COST: $20 if you rsvp in advance here. $25 at the door.”


From an email:

“On Thursday, October 8th from 6:30pm-8:30pm, the Common Good City Farm will be holding it’s 4rd Annual Night on the Farm, which provides the opportunity to come tour the farm (located in The Park at LeDroit at 3rd and V), sample local food, local beer, and learn more about the amazing programs that CGCF brings to the DC Community. The event features delicious food from local restaurants (including Big Bear Cafe, Dino’s Grotto, The Royal, Smoke & Barrel, and Table), as well as craft beer from Right Proper Brewing Company, all to sate your palate while learning about urban farming from our student volunteers. It’s a great night, a fun time, and helps support an incredible organization.

The event had been originally scheduled for October 1, but was rescheduled due to weather.

Tickets are $50, and can be purchased here.”


From a press release:

Tickets are on sale now for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s frighteningly fun adults-only Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. The event, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), will be held Friday, October 30, from 5:30 to 10 pm. With live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, performance artists, and DJ Squirrel spinning spooky beats, it’s a wicked night of fun, all in the name of conservation. (more…)

“Dear PoPville,

I am writing to ask for you to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart. As many of you know, I am involved in a movement to open a non-profit coffee shop that will provide job training to adolescents with autism in the Washington, DC area. I have an amazing group of dedicated and experienced people on my team. We are at the point where we are trying to get our fundraising rolling!

In an effort to get our crowdfunding campaign to trend, we are looking to get some action on the GoFundMe page in a systematic way. If we get enough traffic on the site at the same time, we might be featured as the spotlighted campaign on the GoFundMe website! This is how you can help… Please make a contribution (any size donation helps tremendously – as little as $20 can go a long way) between 12:30 and 2pm.

Independent Grounds Coffee House is working to provide life skills and real-world work experience to young adults with autism. Please donate today!”

Help Us Help You ~ The D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation from Capital City Lightworks on Vimeo.

From a press release:

The D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation (The Foundation) announces the launch of its first-ever fundraising campaign and aims to raise $50,000 from September 15ththrough November 15th with 100 percent of funds raised going to much-needed pediatric equipment for the new burn unit at Children’s National Medical Center.

For the past 11 years, the Foundation has provided financial, emotional, and survivor support programs for youth and adult burn survivors along with injured firefighters throughout the Washington D.C. metro-area by purchasing and upgrading equipment at Washington Med-Star Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center, sponsoring burn survivors to the Adaptive Sports Camp and the World Burn Congress and providing educational materials for firefighters, health professionals, and the D.C. community.

“With Children’s National the only true pediatric facility in the D.C. metro area, it’s essential that we support this new specialized pediatric center and to ensure that young burn survivors from our region receive a level of care that is second to none,” said Jason Woods, D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation president. “This new pediatric burn facility will serve pediatric burn patients from Northern Virginia, Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Southern Maryland and of course, D.C. We plan to continue helping young burn survivors throughout the area for decades to come and to ensure that they can now receive the level of care that they deserve close to home.”

Donations are accepted via the Foundation’s website at The fundraising campaign culminates in a fundraising party on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Dubliner on 520 N. Capitol Street, N.W.