Wherever you are and whoever you're with, happy holidays! In the spirit of holiday giving, I wanted to share these three appeals:
- The FDNY is collecting donations for the firefighters who were seriously injured fighting a fire in Crown Heights last week.
- SOS Crown Heights are doing great work (violent crime is down 60% in their catchment area since they launched the program), but they still had to hold a shooting response yesterday. Support their efforts to keep Crown Heights peaceful here.
- LaunchPad continues to expand their slate of programs along the Avenue, offering great free events nearly every day of the year. They've only received $4,000 in support to date, less than one month's operating expenses, but they've still cobbled together an incredible few years. Support their arts and community programming here (be sure to designate "Launchpad" as your recipient at the bottom of the page)
Finally, it wouldn't be an ILFA post without some notes about new businesses on the horizon. In 2012, Franklin will get its first baby store, Stork, and Prospect Heights Patch reports that Colala (Chinese and Japanese restaurant) will be open even before 2011 is over.
Happy holidays to all!