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Donate to the Charities That Benefit from the Congressional Baseball Game

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Donate to the charities that benefit from the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which will go on as scheduled despite the June 14 shooting.

By now you are aware of the incident, in which a man attacked the Republican Congressional baseball team as they practiced on an Alexandria, Va., diamond for the bipartisan match. House rep Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is the Republican majority whip, was shot in the hip and faces a long recovery. Two members of his security detail were among the four others injured by gunfire.

The Congressional baseball game is a Washington, D.C. tradition that dates back to 1909. Today, it benefits three charities: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and the Washington Literacy Center.

One way to show your support for the victims and for the Congressional players is to donate to one or all of these charities. If you live in Washington, D.C., consider volunteering with them.

Below the charities’ contact info we’ll repost the text of our entry on donating blood during the summer months. Scalise needed blood transfusions and he faces more surgeries on his road to recovery. Even if you don’t live near the capital, donating blood will help your community.


The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington:


The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation:


The Washington Literacy Center:


Read a story on how the Congressional players will go ahead with the June 15 game, despite the shooting:


Text of the post on summer blood donation follows.

Please donate blood before and during the summer months, a time when donations tend to fall off sharply.

The Red Cross always needs donations of blood and platelets, but things get worse in the summer months, when schedules are disrupted by vacations and blood drives at high schools and colleges are not an option.

If you are a regular donor, please plan vacations with your donation schedule in mind, and try to recruit a friend or two to come and donate with you during the summer.

If it’s been a while since you gave, think about how and when to work a blood drive into your summer plans.

If you have never donated, find out if you are eligible, and consider whether it is something you feel you can do.


Find the Red Cross blood drive happening closest to you:


Read about how blood and platelet donations tend to drop severely–losing as many as 100,000–during the summer: