Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 10:20 AM
In the next two weeks, as we approach Thanksgiving, we want take time to recognize and thank the overwhelming number of individuals and organizations that, together, make Little Lights strong and effective.
One organization that has stood alongside Little Lights is National Capital Bank, which has also served as the Gold Level Sponsor at the Little Lights Benefit for the past two years.
A longtime pillar in the Capitol Hill and Washington, DC community, National Capital Bank was founded more than 120 years ago, making it the oldest bank in Washington, DC. Throughout the years, the bank has remained under the management of the Didden family and is now headed by Jimmy Didden, President and Director.
As a family-run business, National Capital Bank prides itself on offering quality banking services backed by strong, personal relationships with its customers. Its commitment to both its customers and its community is evidenced in National Capital Bank’s partnership with local charities and organizations like Little Lights.
We are extraordinarily grateful for National Capital Bank’s investment in us, and for its desire to participate in the work Little Lights is doing in this community.
You can find National Capital Bank’s main branch at 316 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. They also have a second branch located in Friendship Heights.
In the lobby of the Pennsylvania Avenue office, you will see a painting displayed that was made by Little Lights students and given to National Capital Bank as a thank you for its sponsorship of last year’s Benefit. Stop by to see the painting, learn more about opening an account, and tell them Little Lights sent you!
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 09:46 AM
This fall has brought a change to the Little Lights Board of Directors. After eight years serving as Chairman of the Board, Dr. Patrick Lee has stepped down and passed that role on to Mike Oh.
It has been an honor to have Dr. Lee support Little Lights these many years with his strong leadership, especially through many seasons of growth for Little Lights. He served as Chair during our expansion into Hopkins, as we got the Clean Green Team up and running, and as we moved into the Potomac Gardens Center. In addition, he has also donated thousands of dollars of dental care for both Little Lights staff members and residents of Potomac Gardens.
Left to right: Dr. Patrick Lee, Mike Oh
In his place we’re grateful to now have Mike Oh serving as Chairman. Mike has volunteered with Little Lights for many years through his church, Grace DC, and has also served on the board since 2009 as Treasurer. He brings a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge and we’re excited to work under his leadership.
Both of these men have contributed to Little Lights in invaluable ways and we are thankful for their service.
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 10:38 AM
At Little Light we like to spread a lot of Christmas cheer, so each December we transform the Family Center into the Little Lights Christmas Store, heaping tables with baby dolls and basketballs, craft sets and action figures, wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, and bows.
For an entire week, parents from Potomac Gardens and Hopkins make their way to the Christmas Store, where they can pick out a brand-new gift for each one of their children and then wrap and decorate it themselves. Plus they get to chat with old and new friends, as well as Little Lights staff members, and enjoy hot cocoa while they’re at it!
Last year more than 200 gifts were taken home and placed under trees to greet kids on Christmas morning, and we’re planning for it to be just as big this year!
Thanks to so many of you who have already donated more than 170 toys and gifts to the Christmas Store – since all of the gifts are donated, the Christmas Store is only possible because of your support. You will help put smiles on many faces this Christmas, both parents and kids alike – thank you!
You can still help stock the shelves of the Christmas Store, just contact Mary Park at !
Posted by Little Lights Urban Ministries at 04:24 PM
This year, to help the families of Potomac Gardens and Hopkins have a bountiful Thanksgiving spread, Little Lights is partnering with two different organizations to distribute Thanksgiving baskets. Each family who signs up will receive a basket with all sorts of holiday fare and a gift card to a local grocery store.
A grand total of 85 Thanksgiving baskets have been donated: 35 by Care Company, affiliated with Christ Our Shepherd Church; and 50 by Vision of Peace Church, who has partnered significantly with Little Lights throughout our expansion into Hopkins. If parents sign up, they can come to the Hopkins Center on November 23rd, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, to pick up their basket – and, if they want, families will also have the option of praying with one of the volunteers.
First priority for the baskets will go to families who have children in Little Lights programs, but then we’re excited to open it up to the entire Potomac Gardens and Hopkins community. Our hope is that this will help us continue building relationships with our neighbors. We’re thankful for the generous way Care Company and Vision of Peace Church are blessing so many families by making sure they have a full Thanksgiving celebration!