Pinkie recovering via gofundme

Thanks to a reader for passing on this fundraising page for Pinkie’s Medical Expenses:

“On January 25, 2017 the 60 year old owner of Jam Doung Style Jamaican Cuisine Restaurant was shot four times after closing up for the night.

After a very long day of work—7am to 9:30pm— Jam Doung’s owner, affectionately known as Pinkie by family and friends, and two of her employees began walking to their cars, making jokes and laughing, which is common for the group. They then noticed a masked man approaching them. The masked man focused all of his attention on Pinkie, pointing the gun in her face and commanding her to give him her purse.

What happened next did not shock anyone other than the gunman and his accomplice that was standing as look out. Pinkie freed her hands of the food she was carrying home, and then grabbed the muzzle of the gun that was being pointed at her. Pinkie and the gunman struggled with the gun for what seemed like forever. Then the gunman shot Pinkie in her right wrist. But Pinkie continued to fight until she was able to pull the mask off of her attacker. Pinkie was, however, shocked to realize that her attacker was someone that she knew. (more…)

via Miriam’s Kitchen: “We received 970 Metro cards after the Inauguration and the Women’s March. One of them is helping Tesfay get to his next doctor’s appointment.”

Thanks to Ashley Lusk (who’s original tweet mentioning the idea went viral) for the update from Miriam’s Kitchen:

“After the Inauguration and the Women’s March, we asked people to donate unneeded Metro cards to us so that we could help guests get to critical appointments. We were absolutely amazed by the response. You helped share the post so that it reached more than 795,000 people. To date, we have received 970 Metro cards from as far away as Hawaii, California, Montana, Oregon, and Texas. Additionally, many donors included warm messages of hope as well as additional support.

We have been so touched by the sense of community and good will that people across the nation have shown to our guests and our efforts to end long-term homelessness in our nation’s capital. Tesfay Yegzaw is an MK guest who recently lost his job and has limited funds. Your kindness has helped him get to his next doctor’s appointment. Thank you so much.”

I may have overestimated a bit but this is simply awesome. If you would like to donate to Miriam’s Kitchen you can always do so here.


From an email:

“Next Thursday (2/2) Grassroots Comedy DC will be hosting a Super Spectacular Comedy Show with DC comedian Tony Woods. All of the profits will go towards supporting La Clinica del Pueblo, a non-profit organization in Columbia Heights that provides health care services to immigrants and Latinos in DC. It will be a great night of comedy for a great cause!

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

Doors: 6:30pm, Show: 7:30 pm

Where: Bier Baron Tavern at 1523 22nd St NW

Tickets: $10

Link for tickets.

Facebook Event Page.”


house fire fund
via gofundme

A reader sends this sad note from GoFundMe:

“Karllito, a beloved friend, neighbor and dogwalker, and his two kids recently lost everything in a house fire.

They need to replace their personal effects, buy clothes, toys, books and get their lives back on track.

The dogs in this picture are just a fraction of everyone in the community that love Karllito and his kids.

Karllito is a a single dad of two and a Navy veteran who lives in the H Street Corridor. His daughter wants to be a veterinarian and thus they have opened their home to fostering & adopting many pets to nurture her love for animals.

Karllito and his family have helped out the community when we need and not it’s our time to help him. Please contribute whatever you can to help get Karllito and his two kids back on their feet.

Thank you all!

Help spread the word!”

If you would like and are able you can make a donation here.


“Dear PoPville,

My Mom escorts at Planned Parenthood and there have been massive protests at the New York Ave. one this week. I thought the community should know.”

From Planned Parenthood:

“For the past century, Planned Parenthood has transformed women’s health and empowered millions of people worldwide to make informed health decisions, forever changing the way they live, love, learn and work.”

If you would like to make a donation to Planned Parenthood you may do so here.

1648 North Capitol St, NW at R Street courtesy Pub and the People

“The Pub and The People Presents: WMW Fundraiser
Sunday at 5 PM – 8 PM

The Pub and The People is hosting a fundraiser for The Women’s March on Washington – District of Columbia on Sunday, January 15th from 5pm to 8pm! A portion of proceeds from ALL sales will be going towards supplying DC local ambassadors, printing costs, and logistical support.

Additionally, WMW DC Local will get 50% of all Civic Vodka drinks. Civic Vodka is a product of Republic Restoratives, a female owned distillery in DC!

Learn more about how you can help the #WomensMarch locally at:”


2009 8th Street, NW (off Florida Ave)

From a press release:

“The Washington Blade in partnership with DC Brau, Absolut Vodka, Tequila Avión, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Town Danceboutique are hosting the Love Trumps Hate Rainbow Bash on Thursday, January 19th from 9PM-1AM. DJ’s Keenan Orr and Tim Jackson will provide music and dancing. Town Danceboutique is located at 2009 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

All proceeds of the ticket and raffle sales will benefit three local non-profits that embrace environmental, healthcare and LGBT issues.

Anacostia Watershed Society – The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Showtime Bar
113 Rhode Island Ave NW

From 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 5th, Showtime will be donating 100% of our sales to support the Women’s March on Washington. Featuring a rare Thursday happy hour performance from Granny & the Boys at 6!

Learn more about how you can help the #WomensMarch here.”


“Dear PoPville,

Hi, I’m Jennie. I’m the school librarian at Chavez Prep Middle School, which is located at Kenyon and Sherman in Columbia Heights. We serve over 300 students in sixth through ninth grade. The kids at my school are awesome. I know most educators probably say that about their students, but these are seriously the coolest kids I’ve ever worked with. They are funny, creative, smart, and resilient in the face of adversity.

Our students are voracious readers! The library at Prep is quite small – about the size of a classroom – but our annual book circulation tops that of schools with more than triple our student enrollment. The kids love reading and I love helping them find books they’ll enjoy. I think many of us probably had a moment as children when we just “clicked” with a particular book (it was Nancy Drew for me!). That moment is often the start of a lifelong passion for books and reading. I LOVE it when I connect kids with books that “click” with them – it’s seriously the coolest thing to have a kid check out a book, read it in one day, and come back the next frantically searching for the sequel.

Unfortunately, budget issues beyond the control of the campus have resulted in library funding being cut by 70% for this school year. I can’t buy the books my students want to read. I’ve been paying for highly requested titles out of my own pocket, but the need for books is greater than what I can afford as an individual. That’s why I’ve created a GoFundMe Campaign to buy books for the Prep library. Donors have the option to sponsor a particular book (I’ll add a bookplate with your name on the inside cover) and will receive a thank-you note and a one-of-a-kind bookmark created by the students in my Coloring Club.