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It's that time again...the Annual Ward 7 (and Friends) Neighborhood Holiday Party. On Sunday, December 15th, come join your neighbors in celebration of the holidays at Smith Commons. Proceeds will go to support families designated by the East River Family Strengthening Collaborative.
Last year's fundraiser was a huge success! We raised $2100 to support six families from East River Family Strengthening Collaborative for the holidays, quadruple the number in 2010 when we first initiated the project. Our neighbors came out in numbers we never expected. We are hoping to exceed ourselves again this year.
In addition to assisting families, we'll be doing something slightly different this year by raising money for Officer Sean Hickman of MPD's Sixth District. Officer Sean Hickman is a domineering presence with a heart of gold and a passion for service. He protected our streets and has also sowed into the future of children in Ward 7, sacrificing countless hours as a Youth Court advocate, holiday characters, taking the youth camping, attending youth conferences, having one on one dialogues about choices and most of all just saying hi to everyone he passes with that contagious smile. He did all this while he had a family at home. In March he was intentionally struck by a car while sitting on his motor scooter on duty. Officer Hickman was thrown from the scooter resulting in nearly losing his foot. His entire leg had to be reconstructed with numerous surgeries to transfer veins from one leg to the other and reattach his foot. Officer Hickman went through another surgery the week of December 1st and his recuperation will be long with several surgeries scheduled and countless hours of rehabilitation before returning to full duty. Due to his injuries, Officer Hickman has been unable to receive differential and overtime pay resulting in household expenses escalating in addition to mounting medical bills. East River Family Strengthening Collaborative has set up funds to help bring holiday cheer to “Officer Santa” and take care of medical bills and housing modifications. As a community we want to do our part.
Feel free to extend the invitation to YOUR neighbors. The more people we invite, the merrier our holiday and the better the holiday for a family in need. One free drink and light fares are included.
The mission of East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc (ERFSC) is to empower families, youth and communities to become more self-sufficient through integrated and collaborative community based services by collaborating with community residents and organizations (public and private) to reduce the number of children from entering the child welfare system of care, increase supports to families, provide services to prevent homelessness, increase financial self sufficiency, and decrease youth violence
Please visit East River Family Strengthening Collaborative's website at www.erfsc.org
Please visit Smith Common's website at www.smithcommonsdc.com