Holiday Giving Tree 2022

2022 will be the 13th year of Cabin Johnners generously providing resources and love-in-action to the 200 families in SOME’s transitional housing, and we want to make it a lucky 13. 2021 was the best year yet, with over 100 CJ families donating a whopping $9,500, so we’ve got a challenge this year to see if we can break $10,000.

So Others Might Eat (SOME) is a local, DC-based nonprofit that fights poverty and homelessness by providing housing, healthcare, training, and social services, and this joint effort by the communities of Brookmont, Glen Echo, and Cabin John has become the largest source of holiday-season support, empowering parents to provide gifts under the tree for their children on Christmas morning and basic necessities for themselves.


Gift cards

As with the last couple of years, gift cards in $50 increments to stores such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Macy’s as well as gift cards for Visa and Mastercard would be most appreciated. 

Purchase the cards yourself and drop them off at Lori Rieckelman’s house or order them from the merchant online and have them sent directly to Lori. Text her (301-655-4404) when you have left cards in the bin on her porch so that she can quickly retrieve them. Her address is 6423 79th Street. You may also give the gift cards to Lori at the CJ Holiday Party.


You can send your donation to Lori by either Venmo (@Lori-Rieckelman) or Zelle ( and she will purchase gift cards in your name.

After pausing during the pandemic, we will once again have specific wish lists from SOME program children so that CJers can provide the items to make their Christmas wishes come true. We have only eight families with specific lists, so if you want to do some shopping on behalf of one of these youngsters, contact Lori at or call/text her at 301-655-4404.

All donations are due by Sunday, December 11 – the day of the Cabin John Holiday Party.

By Lori Rieckelman and Heidi Lewis

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