Washington, DC

Thanks to Lisa for sharing:

“Early Sunday morning (Jan 5, 2020), a fire gutted a duplex row house in the 400 block of Madison St. NE, displacing a family of 8 who have lost everything.

The family is stable and recovering. Matriarch of the family, Mrs. Caviness-Bey sustained 2nd degree burns to her face and arm and broke her wrist and pelvis when she jumped from the second floor bedroom nearly escaping the fire after dropping her 2 year old grandson out the window to safety. The other two granddaughters ages 14 and 7 are also doing well and were able to get out the front door escaping the fire. The family dog was found safe, and is now being cared for by a neighbor.

ANC 4B09 Commissioner LaRoya Huff has organized a Donation Drive, to take place on Wednesday, January 8th from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center. They are working with the family to determine next-steps as regards setting up a GoFundMe account as well.



DaMarkus Thomas Memorial Fundraiser via GoFundMe

Joe passes along the very sad news and fundraiser:

“It is with deepest sympathy and grief that we mourn the loss of DaMarkus Thomas, a beloved member of the Smoke & Barrel family. DaMarkus was kind, funny, thoughtful, and an all-around stellar man. His infectious smile could light up any room, and he had a knack for making people want to be around him. Read More


From GoFundMe:

“Charlie was living in the same place in Dupont Circle for over 40 years before being forced out due to gentrification. For a variety of reasons, once he was forced to move he wasn’t set up for success and things haven’t worked out since moving to Mt. Pleasant a few years ago. Unfortunately, Charlie will soon be evicted and currently has no place to go. Read More


11th and U Street, NW

From an email:

“Join fans of lemurs and conservation upstairs at Solly’s on U Street to benefit conservation efforts by the Duke Lemur Center in northeast Madagascar. Enjoy trivia (with one round dedicated to lemur facts!) and meet and mingle with fellow conservationists.

Solly’s will be donating 10% of upstairs bar sales to lemur conservation! And, a silent auction will benefit the Duke Lemur Center. Auction items up for grab include a lemur costume, lemur stuffed animals, home decor from Madagascar, and even a painting by a black and white ruffed lemur who lives at the Duke Lemur Center! Read More


From an email:

Sunday, October 27th
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

$20 in advance – who doesn’t love to save?
$25 the day of – more goes to Thrive
$50 Mi Casa es tu Casa (bonus home – see below!)

Register and Pay Here

CASA Crestwood is an annual neighborhood tour of homes raising funds for the prevention of homelessness in DC. Read more about the amazing organization you will be supporting by attending CASA Crestwood, Thrive DC. Read More


courtesy She Loves Me, 808 Upshur Street, NW

From an email:

“On Saturday from 10-6, we’ll (She Loves Me, 808 Upshur Street, NW) be hosting our first annual Dalia Day, featuring hundreds of dahlias by the stem grown locally by Belle Blooms Farm in Frederick.

For every dahlia you purchase, $1 will go to Ayuda, a local organization that provides legal, social and language services for thousands of vulnerable immigrants in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia every year.

It’s free to attend, and folks are encouraged to build their own bouquet, snag a single stem or just come to take some great pics.”


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