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Blanket the Earth, Starting with DC

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‘tents’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′

This Friday Blanket the Earth plans to donate blankets, coats, socks and other warm gifts to protestors all over the country.

If you’re interested in donating to the Occupy DC crowd to help them endure the coming winter, you should meet on the southeast corner of Freedom Plaza (that’s 13th and Pennsylvania) at 2 pm on Friday. Violetta Shekinah, Blanket the Earth’s local contact, will be there to lead the distribution.

Occupy DC keeps a wish list going by using the Twitter hashtag #occupydcneeds. So along with bringing warm clothes and blankets, you can check there for other items to donate. At the time of this posting the list includes everything from office space to sugar.

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Help Send A DC Kid To Summer Camp

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courtesy of ‘Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie’

The  Ernest W. Brown Summer Camp, located in Scotland, MD and operated by MPD officers and staff of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, is in need of donations from the DC community.

The camp makes it possible for children to escape the stress of inner-city living for one week during the summer to experience camp in the country.  For some of these children, it is their first experience outside of the city.

Although The Boys and Girls Club pays for all the costs of the camp, it cannot cover the $100 individual registration fee and due to the economy and layoffs this year, there are more children than ever who cannot afford the registration fee.

You can assist in this effort by making a donation to either sponsor a child ($100), or several children or whatever contribution you are capable of. You can make checks out to the Joseph K. Smith Memorial Summer Camp Fund (a 501C3 tax deductible organization) and mail them to Samantha Nolan, 2940 Northampton Street, NW Washington, DC 20015. All contributions will be acknowledged with a letter for your taxes and will be gratefully received.

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Give a Little So a Child Can Smile

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‘More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys’
courtesy of ‘marciadc’

One of the reasons I love this time of year is the opportunities that abound to give. Since my family and I practice the “Season of Giving” in every literal sense, I want to make our readers aware of an opportunity that exists to give at least one child a smile this Christmas season.

The Georgetown Child Life Unit is running a toy drive this year for kids who will be forced to stay at the hospital for Christmas. Operation Snowpile collects toys and then runs a free “store” so parents can select and provide gifts for their kids. It’s a small way to help reduce the emotional, financial and physical stresses these families face during the holidays with a loved child having to stay at the Georgetown Child Life Unit.

There are a few ways you can help. The easiest option is to make an online donation by Dec 12, so the organizers can purchase toys for the store. You can also donate toys yourself, by either dropping off a new and in-the-package toy at Greater Goods (1626 U St. NW) or buying one online through one of Snowpile’s cooperating sponsors, who’ll then donate part of the sale to the cause. (Snowpile has indicated this isn’t on the website yet, but will be soon.)

Take a few minutes and pay it forward this season. You’ll make a difference.