Zombie Philanthropy

As the Silver Spring Zombie Walk continues to grow, part of the additional logistics of the event has been some sort of police presence to make sure all the participants are safe. Last year, that included a few Montgomery County Police Department cruisers along the parade route on Georgia Avenue to make sure people didn’t spill out onto the sidewalk into traffic. The move was unprompted on our end and much appreciated by everyone involved.

This year, we contacted MCPD in advance to see what we might arrange/do to ensure safety for what is shaping up to be a larger walk. I spoke to Sergeant Tom Harmon of the 3rd District Police Department, and they are dispatching one or two cruisers as the did last year. Perhaps that’s all we need, but even if we did need more, budget cuts in the county would prevent it. Just not enough money and resources to go around.

When I asked if we could donate to the cause to help facilitate things, Sgt. Harmon asked that we support the upcoming Santa Ride 2010 on December 20. Put on by the motorcycle division of MCPD, the Santa Ride (featuring Kris Kringle himself astride a Harley) raises funds to support the Children’s Inn at NIH. The Children’s Inn provides a nurturing place for children (and their families) to stay while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at NIH. Families from all over the world travel to NIH for their children to receive treatment for illnesses such as cancer, heart, lung, blood, bone and growth disorders, mental illnesses, and HIV infection. Since 1990, the Children’s Inn has provided shelter, counseling, and emotional support for patients and their families during treatment.

We’ll be donating proceeds from t-shirt sales to the event, and we’re asking anyone involved to support however they can. Since the event tends to be a boon for local businesses, we’ll also be asking them to participate and give a portion of their proceeds from Saturday’s sales to Santa Ride 2010. For more information, please contact us at

Because, after all, we need the next generation to grow up and provide tasty brains, too, yes? Three days and counting!

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  1. Paul October 20th, 2010 3:23 pm

    Fantastic work E – and love that we’re now associating it with a donation/give-back opportunity! I’m so proud of our (not-so) little zombie group. Were they suggesting donations when the ride occurs, directly to the Children’s Inn, or some other way that I haven’t thought of? I’d donate directly, but want to also make sure that they see that the Zombie-folk appreciate they’re effort and support their efforts in return.

  2. Thayer Avenue October 20th, 2010 3:32 pm

    We’ll be bundling donations to go through the Santa ride, as they haven’t set up an online donation mechanism just yet. You can make checks out directly to them or to me for bundling (and I swear all the money will go directly back out to them). If you make checks out to them, it may just take a little longer for them to clear as we’ll wait to deliver the bundle. But we’ll figure out specifics over the next day or two. Stay tuned.

  3. Bonifant eats more brains than Thayer October 21st, 2010 1:09 pm

    We should go to the Children’s Inn dressed as zombies.

  4. kristy October 22nd, 2010 2:17 pm

    The Zombie Walk made the WTOP Weekend Wakeup Call:
    “Everything from road races to engineering expos to zombie walks (yes, really) will cause delays on area roadways this weekend.”

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