Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville, Friends, neighbors and fellow Mt. P parents, I love how this community always comes together for those in need and now I’m appealing to your big hearts to help one such family…

Our dear friend Rafael Garcia passed away on July 3 after a 2-month hospitalization due to Covid-19 at the young age of 49, just 4 months before his 50th birthday. He was the primary breadwinner for his family, leaving behind his beloved wife Beatriz and 2 young sons, Jonathan, age 2.5 and Alfredo, age 13.

As an immigrant from El Salvador who called the US home for the past 20+ years, he worked around the clock to provide for his family, aiming to give his sons the American Dream through hard work, honesty and integrity. You may have seen his smiling face around the hood for years as he did expert work on many Mt. P houses, including the full gut job/restoration of our own Kilbourne rowhome over the better part of a year.

To help Rafael’s widow, we’d like to collect gently used boys Size 3T and 4T clothes, shoes, books and toys (for age 3-4). If you are ready to part with any of these things, please let me know and I can arrange contactless pickup from the porch. [Ed. Note: You can email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP]

Also, if you are able to spare a couple of bucks, we’ve set up a GoFundMe for the family to help as they navigate this new world without their husband/father/provider. Any amount is appreciated–no matter how small.

I sincerely thank you in advance for paying it forward.”

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