From the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace:

“The market may be closed for the season, but we’re not done yet! Our holiday fundraiser is in full swing, and your donation can help make sure low-income families in Columbia Heights can put healthy, local food on their tables.

Give Today!

Need another reason to give? We’re super excited to debut our brand new t-shirts, and we’re giving them away as a thank you gift for all donations of $50 or more!

1 in 5 Columbia Heights residents receive food stamps, and 100% of your donation will go to our farmers market matching funds program that helps these low-income families buy more healthy fruits and vegetables. The idea is simple, we double the amount they spend up to $10:

$5 in food stamps = $10 in fruits and vegetables

$10 in food stamps = $20 in fruits and vegetables

Thanks to the support of customers and neighbors like you, in 2014 we helped more low-income families than any other farmers market in Washington, DC. But with more families depending on us than ever before to put healthy, local food on the table, we need your continued support to make sure we can serve them in 2015.

Even if you can only give a little this holiday season, please donate today.”

Photo Credit- Janice Sveda, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Photo Credit Janice Sveda Smithsonians National Zoo

Red Pandas in beloved in PoPville. If you are so inclined – from Friends of the National Zoo:

“At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, we strive to further scientific research to benefit species in the wild and provide the best quality of life for the animals in our care. But we can’t do it without you!

As a result, we have an urgent need to raise $150,000 to create a comfortable, temperature-controlled indoor retreat complete with branches for climbing and multi-level platforms for playing and sleeping for our red pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Your gift will help build this much needed facility for red pandas on Asia Trail. The success of this project will allow keeper staff to better manage the red pandas in our care so that we can continue our important conservation research. Will you join our efforts to save species and improve your Zoo by giving to the Red Panda Retreat Annual Appeal?”

Donate here.


and thanks to a reader for sending word about Pints for Pups at the Pug on Thursday Dec. 18th at 6pm [1234 H St, NE]

“Atlas Brew Works is teaming up with the pug, AtlasVet, and Metro Mutts for a pet toy drive! Bring a dog or cat toy to the pug Thursday to benefit the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League. Come on down to H St. NE and drink some beer for the puppies!”


“Dear PoPville,

I am a case manager with Community Connections, a large mental health provider here in Southeast DC. I work with the Veterans Housing team, housing homeless veterans; and once housed we work hard to keep them housed through a huge array of supports while they transition.

Many of the people we help do not have a lot of possessions and as the winter draws nearer we are working to ensure they have the necessary clothing to stay warm while they move about the community.

We are holding a coat drive this December, collecting final donations on the 16th. Help keep these veterans and their families warm this winter.”


Well done sir. Update – Damn you if this is a not a legit fundraiser.

Thanks to a reader for sending from Craigslist:

“I have a three year old Koala Bear named GumNut that I’m desperately trying to find a new home for. I bought him back in January figuring it would be an awesome pet that would enjoy living in my greenhouse, sadly I was wrong. I paid $3200 for him back in January and I’m not sure what the used Koala Bear market is like in a good economy or the one we have now; so I’m open to offers. Please use some common sense before contacting me, don’t be an idiot, I’m not interested in trading my Koala Bear for your busted up 1980’s Camaro, an XBOX, or an offer to paint my garage door. (more…)


From a press release:

“Shop for your loved ones and give back this holiday season! From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, visit acclaimed lifestyle store Salt & Sundry at its new Logan Circle location for “Sip & Shop,” a night of stylish holiday shopping and festive food and drink to benefit No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

Sip & Shop guests will enjoy punch and small bites from longtime No Kid Hungry supporters Mixologist Adam Bernbach and Chef Haidar Karoum (2 Birds, 1 Stone) while shopping for holiday gifts. Ten percent of revenue from the event will support No Kid Hungry. Select No Kid Hungry merchandise will also be available, with full proceeds benefitting the campaign’s work to connect kids to the healthy food they need, every day.

Date: Wednesday, December 10th

Location: Salt & Sundry
1401 S Street, NW

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Sip & Shop is hosted by the Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry Washington, DC committee as they gear up for another successful tasting event in 2015. All Sip & Shop guests will receive a special discount code for tickets to next year’s Taste of the Nation Washington, DC, which will take place on Monday, April 13, 2015. Guests who purchase at least $200 of merchandise at Sip & Shop will also be entered to win two VIP tickets to the event. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds from Taste of the Nation support No Kid Hungry.

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 31,000 kids in Washington, DC. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 107 million additional meals.”

Buddy in the House
Photo from last year’s event courtesy Washington Humane Society

From a press release:

“The second annual Architects for Animals’ project, “Giving Shelter,” returns to aid Washington DC’s homeless, stray and outdoor cats on Wednesday, January 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Avenue, NW. The event will benefit the Washington Humane Society (WHS).

Outdoor cats with no particular home or owner are vulnerable to the harsh conditions of winter. Architects for Animals launched in New York City in 2010 asking architects and designers to create the most inspired winter shelters imaginable for outdoor cats. At past events, architects created a breathtaking assortment of stylish outdoor winter shelters to help keep homeless cats warm during the frigid winter months. The undertaking helped to create new awareness about the plight of NYC’s feral and free-roaming cats, and has since spread to DC and Los Angeles. (more…)

Crosby Bolden
Junior and our dog, Tru…his buddy from JM

From an email:

“I wanted to pass along a link regarding the death of an H Street NE icon. Crosby Bolden, Jr. (Aka, Junior) was a homeless man who was known by residents and business owners along H Street. He lived here, primarily around 11th St. NE his entire life. He was a lot of things…and had a few vices, but…he was a friend. He died with dignity at Joseph’s Hospice from a variety of cancers. Alas, he had nothing.

Many of the residents have looked after Junior for years. We would ask that you post this link to GiveForward to help offset the costs of his final expenses. Many of the restaurants and shop keepers along H Street know him, and might be inclined to help one more time if they knew of his plight.

On my porch in the 800 block of 11th St. NE is a Christmas tree that Junior gave us last year. The last thing he told me was that he was coming home to help set it up. Alas, I put it up myself this past weekend in his honor.”

THe GoFundMe page says:

“Lets rally for Junior’s family who needs our support to complete funeral preparations and services this week.

Junior’s friendship, laughter, work and presence will be missed by the residents and business owners along H Street. Your donation will help his niece complete the memorial services for Junior to rest in peace. We will miss you Junior!”

Donate here.

Ed. Note: If you have other #GivingTuesday recommendations, feel free to leave in the comments.

717 8th Street, SE

As of 10:30am it was at $510…

From an email:

“Award winning Chef Aaron Silverman has teamed up with World Food Program USA and eBay Giving Works to auction off two reservations for Rose’s Luxury, Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant in America. And as I’m sure you’re aware, Rose’s Luxury doesn’t offer reservations – it’s first come, first serve.

100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to World Food Program USA and help provide school meals for children in need. School meals can be life changing for the world’s poorest children. School meals also help get students into the classroom, giving them an important key to a better future—an education.

The auction just went live [Rose’s Luxury Reservation for 2. Food is On Us! & Chef Autographed Platter], and will run through November 30.”