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Be an elf

December 18, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) started a program 99 years ago called Operation Santa where underprivileged children write letters to Santa about what they hope to find under their tree on Christmas morning. The USPS collects these letters and stores them at local branches where volunteers are able to come by, read, and choose of which letters to respond and purchase gifts. Letters range from requesting shoes, to stuffed animals, and it is up to volunteer what wish they choose to grant.

Be an Elf is the best resource to finding out how and where to participate in this program. It also gives you tips on great presents to buy, and ways to get involved if you don't have time to shop for gifts.

The USPS location in Washington D.C. participating in this program is located at 900 Brentwood Road N.E.

Visit Be an Elf for more details.

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Sweet Hope is a sweet affair

December 13, 2011

Balloon animals kept the children entertained throughout the afternoon. (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Balloon animals kept the children entertained throughout the afternoon.
As we start to near the holidays, it's easy to forget what this season is all about. Fortunately, Michel Richard Citronelle reminded us on Saturday with their 10th annual Sweet Hope party. The price of admission was one unwrapped toy that was soon boxed up, sent and distributed amongst the children at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Stuffed animals, games, and toy cars were piled high as guests walked in, ready to make the season a little brighter for children in need of a little cheering. 

Guests certainly did not leave empty handed as the pastry team of Citronelle whipped up some fantastic creations for everyone to enjoy. Among the favorite was the vanilla cream puff topped with M&M's, but the dessert bar truly had something for everyone. Chocolate bars, carrot cake cupcakes, apple tarts, cookies, and Napoleon bars lined the tables. 

The eggnog station next to the dessert tables. (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) The eggnog station next to the dessert tables.

The eggnog and hot chocolate stations put a fun twist on a holiday tradition as you could add any toppings including chocolate shavings, marshmallows, and peppermint sticks.

The perfect end to the afternoon was watching all the toys being put into cars and driven away to their new homes.

For more information on St. Jude Children's Hospital visit their website.


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Sweet Hope at Citronelle Saturday

December 8, 2011

On Saturday, December 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm, Michel Richard is hosting the 10th annual Sweet Hope event benefiting the children of St. Jude's Hospital. The admission price is one unwrapped toy or a monetary donation in order to indulge in the imaginatively delectable treats created by the legendary chef, Michel Richard and his pastry team. If last year's brownies, cookies, cream puffs, and fruit tarts are any taste of what to expect this year, we are all in for a sweet afternoon.

RSVP by emailing citronelledc@ihrco.com, or by calling 202.625.2150.

Citronelle is located at 3000 M Street.

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