Our hearts are broken. Again.
On normal days, NLAPW’s headquarters, our beautiful mansion in the heart of the Dupont Historic District, seems like an oasis in the middle of a hectic, noisy, happening neighborhood. Walk through the front double doors into the quiet wood-paneled vestibule and you feel like you are stepping into history. However peaceful the Pen Arts Building feels after a trek out and about in Northwest D.C., it belongs where it is–right in the middle of the action. Many Pen Women have worked hard to fulfill our mission by serving our neighbors in the District through our programming and outreach. NLAPW isn’t just housed in D.C., it lives here.
So when a tragedy like the Navy Yard murders happen in this city, Pen Women here and all over the country ask, “What can we do?”
This is not an official statement, and there are other agencies besides the American Red Cross that handle blood donations. But we have to start somewhere. Find a blood drive, a donation center, and give blood.
Because wherever you are, hospitals need your help. Yes, I know, I’m straying from our focus on promoting the Arts. Can you blame me?
Our sympathies and prayers go out to the victims, the families and the caregivers of those wounded and murdered at the Navy Yard.
1st Vice President
National League of American Pen Women
1300 17th St NW
District of Columbia