Many Blooklanders know Jake Abbott and Shemaya Klar as the friendly neighbors who go above and beyond to make some of Brookland’s best traditions, like the Brookland House and Garden Tour, Brookland Community Picnic and the Brookland Ball happen. They also happen to be a great realtor team as well. This year they embarked on another community building activity – Bipeds of Brookland. These short stories highlight one amazing Brookland neighbor at a time, and collectively show what a great, diverse neighborhood we have. Check out the stories at the Abbott Klar blog or like them on Facebook to see new stories as they are written. Thanks Jake and Shemaya for all you do!
We recently learned about Raphael, a neighbor who needs a helping hand right now, and thought we would pass along. From a posting on Facebook:
This gofundme campaign is for one of our own Brookland neighbors. Their family van was stolen from right in front of their house in broad daylight which was needed for Raphael who is paralyzed. The van was recovered but so badly damaged it was totaled by their insurance company. If you can help this wonderful Brookland family get a new van which they need and deserve, please do.
The story was covered on Fox 5 News, you can check out the video below.
From what we understand the handicap accessible van was 18 years old, so the insurance company payout was negligible. If you have the means, please consider making a contribution.
Yesterday we spoke with St. Anthony school principal Michael Thomasian about a message he sent out to community members. We decided to spread the word about this young family in need living here in Brookland, in hopes that readers would lend a hand. From his message:
I would like to introduce you to one St. Anthony Family– the Molita Cruz Family. The parents are Nelson and Patricia and their two sons are Xavy (PreK-4) and Angel (grade 5). The Molita Cruz Family found St. Anthony during a time of great suffering in their life. Mr. Cruz is dying of brain cancer. His sickness led to unemployment and eventually to losing their apartment. They have few friends and no family in the area. The boys have adjusted well to St. Anthony, the family now lives in Mary House, and Patricia helps care for Nelson at home. Nelson can longer speak or walk and is receiving hospice services. So what are you invited to?? Nelson and Patricia have a civil (legal) marriage, but they have always wanted a church wedding. In addition, they would like Xavy and Angel baptized. Their wish is coming true. We will celebrate these sacraments at Holy Mass at St. Anthony on Saturday, March 5th at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow in the cafeteria. I invite you to come out and celebrate with us! Your support is needed.
We reached out to Principal Thomasian to see how our readers could help. He said that the St. Anthony’s community has pulled together and have donated everything needed for a wonderful wedding – clothes, flowers, food, etc. But, there will be ongoing needs that have to be met, including school tuition, groceries, clothing for the growing kids, etc. Specifically Principal Thomasian said that gift cards would be the best idea and monetary donations would be more than welcome as well. If you cannot support financially, simply showing up to the wedding and offering moral support to the family would be appreciated too.
Donations/gift cards can be sent to the school, care of Michael Thomasian, 3400 12th Street, NE Washington, DC 20017. You can also contact him at (202) 526-4657, ext. 102 or michael(dot)thomasian(at)catholicacademies(dot)org.