More than two dozen D.C. residents have offered support and donations following a break-in that left Columbia Heights art nonprofit BloomBars with a broken window and missing hundreds of dollars earlier this month.
BloomBars founder John Chambers launched a GoFundMe campaign last Thursday to help recoup some of his organization’s losses. So far, residents have raised more than $1,220.
“There’s been an outpouring of support,” Chambers said. “The things that people have written have really pulled at your heart.”
Chambers added that 26 people have contributed to the fundraiser since it started. Sweet Honey in the Rock co-founder Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell is among the people who have donated so far.
“Some have lost the art of discernment while some have used art to discern essential truths of what we have lost, what we have gained and who we truly are,” Barnwell wrote. “Thank you BloomBars. I regret what happened, but am glad that I can help art to conquer.”
“I want to frame that quote,” said Chambers.
Chambers hopes to use the raised money to replace the broken window and donation boxes and invest in a new security system.
“It’d be great to knock it out in the next week,” Chambers said. “Then we could get moving.”
Image via Facebook / BloomBars