Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

Could you do a thread on volunteering in DC during the pandemic?”


Photo by Miki Jourdan

“Dear PoPville,

For my best friends Christmas present I would like to donate new toys and a gift card to a DC family in need. We are both born and raised in DC and find ourselves very blessed during this tumultuous scary time. Do you know of a family or where I can find out how to do this?”

Another reader asks:

“Every year around thanksgiving you normally post about an organization that is donating handmade cards to the Veterans home in DC. I didn’t see the post this year, but thought maybe I’d missed it. I’ve been making cards off/on since Halloween because well, the pandemic and would love to donate them if I can find out where I should send them.”

Ed. Note: Regarding the Armed Forces Retirement Home the organizer tells me: “Base is on lock down so no delivery allowed and there was some back and forth about whether or not the staff could deliver but the risk of cards bringing in germs with unknown data on how long the virus can live on surfaces means.. no card drive.
The pandemic strikes again!!!!! Next year!”

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Photo by Miki Jourdan

“Dear PoPville,

Writing to share a brief story of many good Samaritans I encountered on Sunday while on my bike in upper Brookland/North Michigan Park. I was riding in the neighborhood on my way to College Park when my bike basically broke down thanks to recurring tire issues I’ve been dealing with. I set up on a street corner in the grass trying to fix the problem for about 45 minutes Read More

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1108 K Street, NW

On Monday we, along with many others, posted about the fundraiser for Sakina Halal Grill Thanks to Scott for sending the update, as of 9:10am Friday they have raised $278,697.

“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

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Thanks to Michael for sending an update to the Civility Lives post:

“Block and alley cleanup

Sharing a positive approach to the trash problem in DC. After many months of an alley just piling up with garbage and weeds growing everywhere, and a couple of people taking taking unilateral action, 8 families out of 25 on the block, rallied on Sunday afternoon to clean and weed. It was amazing to see and after two weeks everyone continues to look good. Can we start a trend? Everyone can do this. Anyone with a trashy alley or block should do this.”

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Photo by Ian Livingston

“Dear PoPville,

I was outside of Starbucks on P Street Sunday waiting for my partner near a man who was sitting and loudly, not forcefully, asking for help/money. A male server from Logan Tavern with a purple handkerchief walked up to him, gave him some cash, knelt down to give him a hug and the two shared some seemingly meaningful conversation. It really was the best display of human compassion I’ve seen in a long time.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I lost my wallet in NoMA a few weeks ago. I looked all over my house, I retraced my steps, I even checked all the businesses near where I lost it. With no luck, I gave up and started the process of replacing my cards and ID. But today USPS delivered it to me! I guess someone found it on the ground and stuck it in a mailbox. It’s a nice reminder that, even with all the craziness in the world, people are still capable of small acts of kindness.”

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Photo by Miki Jourdan

“Dear PoPville,

Tuesday evening I was playing tennis at our neighborhood court on G st. NE. I landed on my ankle wrong and it gave out underneath me. I heard this unnerving crunch noise and was in a lot of pain. After a few minutes of crying on the ground my boyfriend managed to get me up and we started to hobble off the court. Then an older woman who had apparently watched my fall from her apartment balcony across the street came over to us holding crutches. Read More

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Photo by Joanna Hiatt Kim

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday I took a spill on my bike while riding on H street (those streetcar tracks can really get you) and was really scared and in pain. So many kind people immediately rushed to check on me, help me up, and get my bike out of the street. I was so touched by the immediate kindness and generosity of strangers in my time of need. Read More

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