Giving to Give Back
A&U’s 18th Annual Holiday Gift Guide
It’s that time of year when our hearts and thoughts turn to GIVING. Regular readers of A&U know that each year we compile a Holiday Gift Guide, featuring fun, unique gifts that will not only delight the recipient but will also raise much-needed funds in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Recognizing that the holidays can be a financial strain on all of us, we have selected gifts in a wide range of price levels suitable for any wallet or purse. Most of the items are so reasonably priced that you can buy one for yourself and several more to give as gifts! The recipient will love the gift, and you will have the deeply gratifying satisfaction of knowing that your purchase is benefitting your community.
Among the many gifts we feature this year, you can choose t-shirts from Adam’s Nest; a beautiful and useful tote from Visual AIDS; African bracelets and ornaments from Until There’s a Cure; candles and hand-made votives from God’s Love We Deliver; an all-male calendar of men in San Francisco from the Barechest Calendar folks; and a new snow globe and a fabulous new ornament in their “Legends” series from Broadway Cares /Equity Fights AIDS. These charities have long histories of either providing AIDS-related services themselves or funding research, care, and the fight against HIV/AIDS stigma. We encourage you to learn more about each group as you contemplate your gift purchases.
Ever since the earliest days of the epidemic, the HIV community and our allies have shown themselves to be extremely generous with time and money when it comes to fighting this virus and supporting those affected by it. As volunteers, companions, caregivers, and fundraisers, our community is unmatched in its compassion and love. Here is your chance to help raise funds to enable us to continue this fight.
We wish you happy shopping and happy, safe holidays!
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—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.