Why Do You Volunteer for the AIDS Holiday Project?

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“If I couldn’t have a good Christmas I would be very sad. That’s why we should help people in need on Christmas. I love to help my mom pick out presents for other people and think about how happy they will be when they open them. Please help people who can’t have a good Christmas.”
– Nicholas Decker, Age 8

 

 

 

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“From the days when I first heard about HIV/AIDS I have been concerned. Two of my dearest friends were afflicted with the disease, in the late 1980s. My involvement today mainly consists of lending my presence to the good works of others. We have to fight the cultural and societal impulse to brand this spectrum of diseases as indicative of a “moral defect.” “You are sick because you are bad/sinful/wrong/week/deviant.” No. People are sick because a disease has invaded their bodies. Everyone is a child of God. No one is punished with an illness. They are infected, not rejected.”
– Rev. Joseph A. Brown, SJ; Ph.D
Chair, Department of Africana Studies, SIUC

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“I volunteer because I love Christmas time and helping others makes me feel good.”
– Kimberly Moyer

 
 
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“HIV and AIDS disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable. Many children, who may not themselves be infected, see their parents suffering from today’s most stigmatized disease. Some have already experienced the loss of their mother, father, or both.

The Holiday Season is a joyous time of year, when no family should have to worry about whether there will be food on their table or presents under the tree! Without TSA’s help, many families in our community wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas. Becoming involved with the Holiday Project and its major fundraising event, the Celebrity Dinner, has been a rewarding experience for me, helping to make the holidays brighter for those special families.”
– Bobbi Warren, Evansville, IN

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“We are troubled by the fear and misunderstanding that certain portions of our society direct toward the LGBT community in general and, especially, toward our Tri-State families suffering from the double burden of financial hardship and HIV/AIDS. We simply wanted to answer that spirit of intolerance with the kindness that those families so richly deserve. May they ever be blessed with hope and, in all seasons, with the kindness and aid
of those who feel solidarity with them.”
– Brett and Anita Sanders, Tell City, IN

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