From an email:
“One More Plate, Inc. (OMP) was founded on April 1st to provide those experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. with more food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning with just one plate in DuPont Circle, One More Plate has since delivered over 9,000 “plates” that consist of hot meals, water, juice, fruit, and a snack along a 13-stop route across greater DC. Read More
A friend passes on this heartbreaking fundraiser from GoFundMe:
[The translation] “Hello, my name is Mayra, I am a friend of Franklin, and I have created this campaign to help his mother to be able to carry out his wake caused by a stray bullet, it would be very helpful if you help us by sharing this link and by helping us even with $1, as help is the most important thing at this time. Read More
1108 K Street, NW
“Kazi Manan introduced a new model of empathy and kindness in America when he opened his restaurant to every person who needs a refuge from their daily hunger. He has never differentiated between a paying or non-paying customer as he is constantly aware of his journey to success – and the difficulties along the way. Sakina Halal Grill has proudly served meals to the homeless independently and unsupported by any donations from patrons. Read More
Photo by Victoria Pickering
Tis the season to start preparing for the holidays. I am wondering if people have charitable or non-profit organizations through which they typically buy holiday wreaths and garlands and such? Wreaths, garlands and poinsettias were fairly popular holiday season fundraisers when I was growing up in the Midwest, but a cursory Internet search for the DC region wasn’t very fruitful. I know there are several local tree farms that set up Christmas tree pop-ups around the city, but am specifically looking for other types of holiday plant decor.”
“We have a six month old and are taking covid precautions very seriously. Disappointed that for his first Christmas we are not comfortable doing a traditional picture with Santa. Hoping your readers know if some alternatives are out there as people continue to get creative and find fun workarounds! Wondering if maybe any tree lots or local photographers have photo set ups/back drops/installations for cute Christmas inspired photos minus the human Santa?“
Ed. Note: We spoke about some other ways to give back yesterday here.
Thanks to Dan Winston for sharing this important fundraiser: “In these challenging times, it’s important for us to support each other. @garrisondcps has set up this @gofundme for families. Please donate if you are able to do so.”
The GoFundMe says:
“As a Title I school, more than half of our students are from low-income families and nearly 25 percent have special needs. We have received unbelievably generous support from our community over the past six months, support that has provided essential food, rent, and childcare assistance for Garrison families through a long, difficult summer.
We are grateful beyond measure, but as we confront an uncertain new school year, we are asking for help once again. Our $20,000 goal will ensure we are able to do three essential things: Read More
Photo by Tim Brown
Looking for volunteer opportunities over the Thanksgiving weekend in the DMV for those of us unable to visit family this year. Any suggestions?”
“My company is working remotely across the DMV, but there’s a desire for my team to rally behind a coat drive or any sort of way to give back virtually and safely. Looking for options – to support those who would feel comfortable giving from home (money donations, mailing items, etc) and those willing to drop-off or contribute in person. Appreciate any recommendations you might have, thank you!”
“Was wondering if anyone had a local charity that they can recommend for taking care of a family’s Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa gifts (or any other holiday I missed)?”
Photo by Eric P.
As the holiday season is quickly approaching and, unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are once again surging, I was wondering how I could support our amazing local healthcare workers and first responders during such a difficult time. Back in March and April there were various GoFundMes or restaurant partnerships to help donate meals to hospital divisions, etc – is there anything like that going on now? A lot of the links I found through researching had expired. Advice on how we can help make the next two months easier on them would be greatly appreciated.”
1108 K Street, NW
Thanks to all who passed on the GoFundMe for Sakina Halal Grill:
“Kazi Manan introduced a new model of empathy and kindness in America when he opened his restaurant to every person who needs a refuge from their daily hunger. He has never differentiated between a paying or non-paying customer as he is constantly aware of his journey to success – and the difficulties along the way. Sakina Halal Grill has proudly served meals to the homeless independently and unsupported by any donations from patrons. He has always refused the offers as Sakina Halal Grill has been able to sustain this mission with its own funds and the prayers of the community. Read More
3000 Connecticut Ave, NW
I’ve created a Go Fund me campaign for the six long-time staffers summarily dismissed without severance late last month when Cathedral Care Pharmacy finally closed its doors after 96 years of service to the communities of Woodley, Cleveland and North Cleveland Park.
Now, with the holidays approaching, the displaced staffers face mounting medical, housing, food and utility bills they cannot afford to pay unless they very quickly find jobs in the worst of all times to be looking for them.”
Cucumber Mojito at El Techo // Photo Credit- Amanda Hoey
From El Techo (606 Florida Avenue, NW):
“Beginning tomorrow, El Techo is partnering with a local restaurant and a mutual aid group in Honduras to raise funds and collect critical supplies for communities affected by Hurricane Eta. From November 14-28, one dollar from every cucumber mojito sold at the rooftop restaurant will be donated to assist in purchasing much-needed items. In addition, guests will receive $1 off a drink in exchange for a donation of a piece of clothing, pair of shoes or other necessities such as towels or blankets to be sent directly to the mutual aid organization in Honduras. Read More