God’s Love We Deliver

In 1985 in New York City a hospice worker named Ganga Stone began taking meals to her friend Richard who was too ill to cook for himself. From that act of love and generosity, God’s Love We Deliver was born in 1986. GLWD’s 17,000 volunteers now deliver some 10,000 meals every weekday, some 2.5-million medically tailored meals annually, to patients with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other debilitating illnesses. GLWD also offers illness-specific nutrition and counseling to clients and others.

There is nothing that says “love” like feeding someone desperately in need of nutritional meals. You can help ensure that GLWD continues to feed needy New Yorkers by shopping their “Gifts from the Heart” online store!

Tell Me More: Each sale from GLWD’s “Gifts from the Heart” helps to finance the organization’s home meal delivery and other services. Although the “Gifts from the Heart” catalogue has many options of truly inspired gifts for giving—including perennial favorites GLWD’s cookbook, AERIN votive candles, and the cutest little piggy bank shaped like one of GWLD’s delivery trucks—we’ve chosen to highlight one set of items available now for the first time and one of GLWD’s best-sellers.

GLWD Director of Communications
Emmett Findley with monogrammed journal
‘We love our volunteers’. Photo by Rommel Demano

ROYCE x God’s Love Collection: ROYCE is a family-owned leather-crafting business, focused on functional design and creating highly practical, painstakingly constructed travel accessories. They have partnered with GLWD to bring you an exclusive collection of three of ROYCE’s best-selling styles: a signature key fob, a catchall tray, and an executive journal (the favorite of no less than fashion maven Anna Wintour!), all with GLWD’s logo bind-embossed on each. Also, ROYCE will monogram your executive journal, making your gift even more meaningful and special.

ROYCE catchall tray, key fob and journal. Photo by Rommel Demano

Chuck’s Famous Brownies: Everyone could use a little extra sweetness this year! You and your lucky friend who receives them can indulge your sweet tooth guilt-free, knowing that these brownies contain no preservatives! (You can freeze them and enjoy them later, but since there are no preservatives, they are best enjoyed upon delivery.) The brownies come in boxes of 4, 8, 12, or 24.

How Much: The Signature Key Fob is $45; the Signature Catchall Tray is $90; and the Executive Journal is $150. NOTE: Be sure to use the promo code GIVEGODSLOVE when you order and ROYCE will donate 40% of the price to GLWD. Chuck’s Famous Brownies range in price from $19 to $75, depending on the box size, and all sales benefit GLWD directly.

Who Benefits: The money raised from your purchases will help to ensure that the organization can continue feeding the thousands of New Yorkers who depend upon the nutritious meals prepared and delivered by God’s Love We Deliver.

How to Order: To order, or to make a donation to GLWD, please go to https://www.glwd.org/donate/shop/.

Good Cheer to All!

Celebrating the Holidays during a raging pandemic might be, well, a little awkward for all of us this year. “Making merry” and spreading “good cheer” might seem incongruous, even disrespectful, in a year when hundreds of thousands of our countrymen have perished from COVID-19 and several million more have been infected. It may be difficult to open our bruised and battered hearts enough to let in the spirit of giving.

But I remember many years during the height of the AIDS pandemic when we lived with even more death and chaos than we’ve lived with this year. I remember years when the Holiday season was filled with more funerals and memorials than holiday parties. And still, every year, even the worst years, we gathered our friends and families together for Holiday meals; we ooh’d and ahh’d over gifts we exchanged with each other; we popped open the champagne bottles and toasted our friends, living and gone. We did these things because we needed them——we needed these rituals to show ourselves that despite all the death and chaos that engulfed us, there is still Love in the world, that it is still possible to find or make Joy in our lives, that mourning our dead and celebrating Life are not mutually exclusive.

We surely need those rituals this year!

And so, we here at A&U continue our tradition of spotlighting holiday gifts that perform double duty—they will charm and delight the recipient of the gifts, of course, but they will also raise much-needed funds for HIV/AIDS organizations and charities. From silly and campy to luxurious and fashionable, in every price range, the gifts highlighted here are sure to warm even the most battered hearts. We hope you will enjoy giving them as much as your friends will enjoy receiving them.

We wish all of you a joyous, heart-centered Holiday Season filled with love and good cheer. Now go out there and make merry!
—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.