In various areas, AIDS victims or HIV-positive persons and their
children often need medication, food, clothing, diapers, basic necessities and
other items. Many children in various parts of the world are orphaned by
AIDS and may also be infected by the same disease. You can give money,
materials from your business or collections, or items that you purchase.
Below the list of Needed Gifts, the Giving Resources will help you distribute
your gifts to the intended recipients. Your local phone book lists many
charities and you can also use the new
search tool for charities in a particular city or ZIP code. Check with
the Giving Resource or charity to make sure that they can accept and distribute
material or in-kind gifts. Even if the item is listed on a wish list, it's
best to communicate with the organization in advance of shipping any donated
Most of all, AIDS victims need medication
to help them survive day by day as well as to protect their friends and family members from possible infection.
The cost for medication varies geographically from a few hundred dollars to ten
thousand dollars per year (in the USA) per person. Currently there is no
cure or vaccine to prevent AIDS. Donating dollars to AIDS research is very
much in need until a cure or vaccine is developed. If you or your company
can contribute AIDS medication, this will be much appreciated.
Most AIDS victims in various parts of the world are disabled and need
food for themselves
and their children. If medication is available, they may be able to
provide for themselves, providing there are opportunities for employment or
other income options. Unfortunately, many AIDS victims live in places
where opportunities for earning living wages are hard to find.
Discrimination against persons infected with HIV or AIDS also limits the earning
power of these individuals.
People who are too sick to earn a living need
for themselves and their children.
In general, families and children suffering with AIDS need clothing such as
socks - stockings ,
shoes - boots,
sweaters - hoodies
to keep them comfortable during cold weather.
Your local charity specializing in AIDS
services will advise you on specific items in need. See samples of essential socks we all need for comfort and safety,
which you can purchase today...
Many mothers with AIDS need your help to support their children. Sometimes
the children are also infected with AIDS. In some cases, the parents of
these sick children may have already died from AIDS.
blankets, baby food
and similar items are all in need. Many AIDS mothers were infected by
their husbands who did not know they carried the AIDS virus.
Many AIDS victims are unable to work or earn a living. They need your
help. In addition to medication, food, clothing and diapers, as mentioned
above, AIDS victims need personal care, volunteer services, housing, items for
personal comfort such as
other items. Children's reading books
can be helpful to accelerate the education of children while dealing with family stresses and illness.
Step Into Reading
books are available from Steps 1 - 5.
Many AIDS survivors are in need of
electronic devices, such as
prepaid cell phones, to help them make a living. Many also need
radios and similar devices to simply improve their quality of life.
In addition, many of the helping organizations list office supplies, such as
printers and other electronic devices, on their donation wish lists.
Several wish lists are provided in the Giving Resources websites listed below.
Founded in 1988, ABC Quilts has a dual mission:
1 --to inspire and educate young people to make healthy choices about sex,
drugs and alcohol, through quiltmaking and community service learning, 2
--to deliver love and comfort with handmade quilts to children who are
abandoned, HIV- positive, or alcohol or drug affected.
The mission of AID Atlanta is to empower HIV positive Georgians to live
independent, productive lives, and to deliver world class educational
programs that help stop the spread of HIV by reducing at-risk behaviors in
Founded in 1982, we are
the Southeast’s largest AIDS services organization, sponsoring education
programs to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing comprehensive support
and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Also see
HIV - STD Testing,
Atlanta, Georgia USA.
AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people
affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and
advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy. Visit
Los Angeles, California USA.
Founded in 1982, AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH)
is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) community-based organization that is a direct
provider of resources for HIV/AIDS services and information. AFH works
in collaboration with other AIDS service organizations and non AIDS related
community-based groups to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection and to
support people living with HIV/AIDS. Visit
Houston, Texas USA.
The Mission of the Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP) is twofold: to
provide support, advocacy and education to those in our community who are
infected with or affected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and to
serve as an outreach and information center to prevent further transmission
of HIV and the resulting Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Visit
Boulder, Colorado USA.
Bronx AIDS Services (BAS), an AIDS service organization, helps more than
25,000 Bronx residents each year with an array of free services designed to
meet the needs of this ethnically and culturally diverse community. We
work with populations who are too often overlooked, ignored, or ill served
by the traditional health care delivery system. African Americans and
Latinos comprise 95% of our clients, and more than a third are women. Gays,
lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people are also part of our service
community. More than half our clients are self-identified current or former
substance abusers. And, many of our clients struggle financially. Visit
New York USA.
In addition to our primary service, medically managed child
care, we provide child development programs, support groups, play therapy,
school supplies and clothes, birthday and holiday gifts, summer camp, and
most importantly, hugs and understanding! Our wish list includes backpacks,
school supplies, toiletries, games for children, craft materials and more
goodies you can see on this
PDF Wish List. Visit
Dallas, Texas USA.
Since 1971 the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been fighting for the
rights of LGBT people around the country and providing essential services
and programs to build the health, strength and well-being of our community.
Much of our funding comes from government grants that include restrictions
regarding how the funds can be used. We are dependent on private dollars,
from supporters like you, to fund our groundbreaking advocacy work and to
enable us to develop and provide cutting edge services—specifically for LGBT
people—which the government doesn’t fund. We welcome your gifts of gently used
clothes, and new underwear and socks, to distribute to the many homeless LGBT
youth who depend on the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Visit
Los Angeles, California USA.
Nebraska AIDS Project, the only community based AIDS Service
Organization in Nebraska, and among the oldest in the nation, was organized
in 1984. Twenty years ago, a small group of concerned Omahans' gathered to
discuss mobilizing volunteers and health officials to address an epidemic
that was spreading rapidly across the nation and throughout the world. These
visionary men and women started responding to a virus that didn't even have
a name and Nebraska AIDS Project was born. Visit
Omaha, Nebraska USA.
The mission of the agency is to end the pandemic and the human
suffering caused by HIV. To that end, we provide a comprehensive array of
services -- including financial benefits counseling, client advocacy,
housing assistance, HIV prevention efforts, needle exchange, and the
California AIDS Hotline (800-367-AIDS) -- that directly serve over 100,000
individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. We reach over 1.5 million others through
community outreach, public policy efforts, prevention campaigns, and the
San Francisco, California USA.
Whitman-Walker Clinic is a non-profit
community-based health organization serving the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan region. Established by and for the gay and lesbian community,
our Clinic is comprised of diverse volunteers and staff who provide or
facilitate the delivery of high quality, comprehensive, accessible health
care and community services. Whitman-Walker Clinic is especially committed
to ending the suffering of all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Visit
Washington DC, USA.
This page lists organizations that accept donations of finished knitted
goods or in some cases, knitting supplies. It's based on Joan Hamer's Pine
Meadow Knitting News Charity List. Over 40 US states are listed with
multiple organizations in each state.